Walk for a good cause on December 15!
It’s almost time for Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s annual Jingle Rock Run! The annual fundraiser takes place on December 15, 2019, and aims to raise much-needed funds for keiki battling critical illnesses, and it wouldn’t be possible without community support from businesses like Leadership Works.
Debbie Furuya is the vice president of finance and development at Leadership Works, a local business development and consulting company. Both individually and as a company, Furuya and her husband, Glenn, have been long-time supporters of Make-A-Wish Hawaii, particularly through the Jingle Rock Run. The couple has been attending the event since its very first year, and they both got involved when their daughter invited them to join her team.
For Furuya, one year stands out above the rest because of an encounter with a local wish child in 2015.
“I ran into a friendly young man named Reece. We got to talking and I realized Reece was a wish child, whose wish to go to Walt Disney World had been granted a few years prior,” Furuya explains. “I learned that he was in remission after a battle with brain cancer, and I was so inspired by his positive attitude. We even talked with Reece and his family again after the walk, and we just left feeling like we had to make more wishes like his come true.”
After the walk, Furuya and her husband made a sizable donation to Make-A-Wish Hawaii in Reece’s name, and the couple has been very involved with the organization ever since.
This year’s 7th Annual Jingle Rock Run will take place on Sunday, December 15, beginning at the Hawaii State Capitol. As in years past, there will be live entertainment, fun activities, the keiki sprint, and more.
“It’s just a really fun walk in support of local families, and it’s an incredible experience to meet kids like Reece in person and walk side-by-side with them,” says Furuya.
If you can’t attend the event, you can also make a donation or support a team at jinglerockrun.com. There are also many ways to get involved beyond this event — from volunteering, donating, or partnering with the organization. You can learn about these opportunities at hawaii.wish.org.
For more information: hawaii.wish.org