About Town 5-21-13


I Can Cope class meeting Saturday

The American Cancer Society and the Kaiser Permanente Kona Clinic will hold an I Can Cope class for people facing cancer and their caregivers from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the clinic’s ground floor conference room. Dee Ono, of West Hawaii Home Health, will present “Mobilizing Resources and Support.”

For more information or to register, call the ACS Hawaii Island field office at 935-0025.

Memorial Day ceremony to honor vets

The West Hawaii Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. All are invited to attend.

Army Lt. Col. Eric Shwedo, Pohakuloa Training Area commander, will be the guest speaker. Local veterans who have died will be honored during the ceremony. A potluck luncheon will follow.

Grants available for children’s health care

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is accepting grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.

Qualifying families receive up to $5,000 per grant for services and equipment, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, surgeries, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

To be eligible, children must be 16 or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application, ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply at uhccf.org; there is no application deadline. Tax-deductible donations may be made via the website, as well. Donations help children and families in the region in which they are received.

In 2012, the foundation awarded more than 1,300 grants, worth more than $4.1 million, to families across the U.S., including $12,000 in Hawaii, for treatments associated with conditions including cancer, spina bifida, diabetes and cerebral palsy.

Hesia graduates from basic training

Army National Guard Pvt. Dennett M. Hesia has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Hesia is the son of Colleen Hesia of Keaau.

He is a 2004 graduate of Baldwin High School, Wailuku, Maui.