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November 1, 2010

Funayama Strengthens University of Hawaii Cancer Research With $100K Gift
Endowed fund in memory of husband will help bring research results to bedsides

HONOLULU – Local philanthropist Betty Funayama has established the Warren T. Funayama Endowed Fund at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center in memory of her late husband Warren. Her $100,000 gift will help strengthen promising research in the areas of breast, liver, and kidney cancer and ultimately translate into better cancer treatment and care for the people of Hawaii .

“Warren came from humble beginnings but worked hard and became successful,” said Betty Funayama. “He was a generous and compassionate man who helped those who were less fortunate by supporting many charities and community organizations.”  She continued, “He would be pleased to know that through this endowment he will help find a cure for cancer and improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with the disease.”

Maui native Warren Tsugio Funayama graduated from Baldwin High School in 1954 and the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in Banking and Finance and a minor in Economics in 1961.  He became a certified financial planner, chartered life underwriter and an investment adviser representative, eventually earning the distinction of “Life Member” in the financial service industry’s Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).  MDRT members are internationally recognized as demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. 

Funayama Strenthens University of Hawaii Cancer Research with $100K Gift
From Left to Right: Barry Weinman, Chair, UH Foundation Board of Trustees; M.R.C. Greenwood, President, UH System; Dr. Michele Carbone, Director, UH Cancer Center; Betty Funayama, donor; Virginia Hinshaw, Chancellor, UH Manoa; Donna Vuchinich, President and CEO, UH Foundation

 “The gift of Ms. Funayama is particularly meaningful because the areas she wants to impact are also the cancers that are most prevalent here in Hawai’i., said Dr. Michele Carbone, director of the UH Manoa Cancer Center. “We are fortunate she understands the power of private support in the fight against cancer. Her gift will help us advance our efforts to take bring cutting-edge science into the clinic where it benefits patients.”

 “Great community partners like Betty Funayama are crucial to advancing Cancer Center research that will save lives here in Hawaii and beyond," said Virginia Hinshaw, Chancellor of University of Hawaii at Manoa. She continued," We are truly grateful to her for this generous gift.”

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