Operation Kick Cancers Butt! Team Malia
Organized by: Michelle and Chas
~She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted the sails.
For anyone who has ever had the chance of crossing paths or knowing Malia Estioko, you know that this woman is a pillar of strength, whose laugh is so contagious and story so inspiring, you can't help but be uplifted when you are in her presence.
Malia is a 17 year flight attendant with American Airlines. Malia lost her younger sister in a tragic car accident 15 years ago. Without hesitation, Malia stepped in and took in her sisters four young children (ages 3, 4 and two 7 year old twins) and raised her nieces and nephews as her own children. Malia is so completely humble, that even the slightest word of praise to her, makes her uncomfortable. This woman has overcome the odds in so many ways, and with grace and integrity.
On June 30, 2015 Malia went to the hospital with severe abdominal pain that would not let up. After many tests, Malia received the troubling news on August 6th that she has Stage 4 Colon Cancer. Malia has had one surgery so far (Hemicolectomy) to remove a tumor. But her treatment is not finished. She will be starting Chemotherapy within the next few weeks.
If you know Malia and how spiritual, positive, and resilient she is, you wouldn't be surprised to hear her say she's not going to only beat this, but she will show up to her first day of Chemo treatment with a Hawaiian flower in her hair and a sundress on! Malia was born and raised in Hawaii and an avid hula dancer. We can't wait to see her dancing again and doing what she loves. This woman cannot be broken.
Malia is in for a long journey to heal her body. We know she's going to need financial assistance, as she will be off of work for at least 8 months to a year. Every little bit helps.
Malia, this quote couldn't be more perfect or fitting for you:
You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own.
Thank you for your support!