Honolulu firefighters at Great Aloha Run to help children with cancer

Honolulu Fire Department firefighters raised money for cancer during Monday's Great Aloha Run.

More than 20,000 participants in the Great Aloha Run were off and running, or walking – each with their own reason for taking part in the eight-mile race.

While most opted for shorts or tights to run in, 10 Honolulu Fire Department firefighters literally geared up for the run, carrying between 60-100 extra pounds.

“We’re doing this for the Kapiolani Medial Center for Women and Children’s cancer center,” firefighter Kama Ortiz explained. “We’re raising money to help children with… childhood cancer. Hopefully, people out there can help donate. We’ve raised around $4,000 so far and hopefully we can go past it.

“This is actually the third year that we’ve raised money for cancer,” Ortiz said. “Honolulu firefighters have always been into community service and helping out the public. This is just one avenue that the fire department goes through.”

Raising money for children battling cancer is a personal mission for them.

“One of our firefighters who is running with us, his daughter has been diagnosed with cancer,” Ortiz said. “So it’s even more personal (and) even more we support him.”

Raising money and supporting the community is something the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run has been doing for 30 years.

If you want to help these firefighters raise money for Kapiolani Medial Center for Women and Children’s oncology program, click here.

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