Fundraising golf tournament will help defray medical expenses for Danialle ‘Dani’ Dela Cruz

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last school year, Auntie Dani earned "employee of the quarter" honors at Kualapu'u Elementary School. School Principal Lydia Trinidad, right, presents the award to Auntie Dani, who now faces chronic kidney disease.

Last school year, Auntie Dani earned “employee of the quarter” honors at Kualapu’u Elementary School. School Principal Lydia Trinidad, right, presents the award to Auntie Dani, who now faces chronic kidney disease.


For the past 17 years, Danialle “Dani” Dela Cruz has helped Molokai keiki as an educational assistant and clerk at Kualapu’u Elementary School.

Auntie Dani still goes to work every day at Kualapu’u as a PSAP (Primary School Adjustment Program) facilitator, helping the youngest students adjust to the school environment. But now that she faces serious medical expenses for treatment of chronic kidney disease, it’s time for the Molokai community to reach out and help Auntie Dani.

On Aug. 31, family and friends of Auntie Dani will be holding a fundraising golf tournament at Ironwood Golf Course in Kalae, Molokai.

Dani has lived on Molokai for 52 years. Three years ago Dani was diagnosed with stage 4 chronic kidney disease.

Dani needs a kidney transplant. She is on the waiting list for a kidney and will receive dialysis until she can find a donor. Either way, she must fly to Oahu frequently for doctor visits and lab tests, and will be out of work for several months depending on her recovery time.

The 27-hole golf tournament fundraiser will provide much-needed help with what will be enormous medical and travel expenses not covered by insurance. Entry fee is $85 per person with prizes for “greenies,” longest accurate drive, hole-in-ones and overall score winners.

“We are thankful for any donation that you can offer,” writes Lydia Trinidad, Kualapu’u School principal. “Let’s help another one of our own!”

For those who don’t golf, monetary donation will be accepted to sponsor a golf hole or donate a prize. Sponsor signs will be pegged at their appropriate holes.

Dani’s son Guillermo Dela Cruz is helping organize the tournament. He can be reached at 553-5045 or 658-6570 (cell) with any questions. Email: williamk1998@yahoo.com.

The tournament is limited to 36 players so sign up soon! All entries are due by Aug. 24. Tee time is 7:30 a.m. at Ironwood Hills with a rules briefing at 7 a.m. — see you there!

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