Hawaii Sailor honored as Pink Power Mom recipient

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Vanderla Akaka, Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, was recently named a 2013 Pink Power Mom. Photo courtesy of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Vanderla Akaka, Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, was recently named a 2013 Pink Power Mom. Photo courtesy of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Brandon Bosworth

Staff Writer

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Vanderla Akaka, Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, was recently named a 2013 Pink Power Mom by the baby product company Kids II. She is the first Armed Forces member and Hawaii resident to receive this honor.

Every year the Pink Power Mom program seeks out and honors eight mothers in communities across the nation who have not only survived breast cancer, but have helped others.

“It is an honor to be named a Pink Power Mom,” Akaka said. “It’s empowering, and gives me more strength to serve others.”

Akaka is herself a two-time breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with the disease both in 2008 and again in August 2012. Akaka completed her final round of chemotherapy in January of this year.

Her diagnosis led Akaka to form a Jazzercise group to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. She also dedicates her time to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Her key focus is helping women become proactive with their health. Akaka also helps young children through programs such as Special Olympics, the Read Out Loud Program and the Boys and Girls Club Hawaii.

At 7:50 a.m. Oct. 11, Akaka will appear on “Hawaii News Now Sunrise” to present my $5,000 donation from Pink Power Mom to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. She will also be at Windward Mall on Oct. 6 from 1 to 2 p.m. with her Jazzercise breast cancer team.

Akaka will participate in the 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, which will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Oct. 12 beginning at Richardson Field.

For more information about this event, visit the website www.Making Strides Honolulu.org or email honolulustrides@ cancer.org.

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