'Walk for Hope' honors late Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai
Hundreds gathered Saturday morning at Central Oahu Regional Park for the inaugural Walk For Hope event.
The walk honors the late U.S. Representative Mark Takai. Takai was elected to represent Hawaii in Congress in 2014, but died in 2016 at the age of 49 from pancreatic cancer.
His family hopes the event will raise awareness for the disease, which is rare and almost always deadly because it's usually not detected until late stages.
"With pancreatic cancer, most of the time, people find out, when they do find out actually probably in a stage 3 or stage 4 and from there it progresses very quickly. It's one of the cancers that isn't detected early," says sister Nikki Takai.
The Mark Takai Foundation organized the event along with the City and County of Honolulu and Pearl City High School, where Takai graduated from.
In addition to cancer research, proceeds from the event will also go to fund scholarships for deserving students.
The congressman was also honored with a bronze plaque at the park.