Kelsey Nishi Darling, Program Director
Aloha Friends and Family, My name is Kelsey and I am the Chief Lemon Squeezer here at Make Lemonade Project. In December of 2015, my husband Michael was diagnosed with stage IV cancer of the thymus. Our journey with cancer has been long with very dark days. Over these six years, Mike has weathered a huge surgery in Texas, endless rounds of chemo, radiation and targeted therapies to try and control our disease. I am in awe of his resilience and so grateful that he fights so hard to stay here with us.
No matter how dark the night, everyday the sun will rise. Feel peace, cherish every happy moment and remember that we are here to help you make lemonade. :)
“When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid, the new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we're brave enough to see it.
If only we're brave enough to be it."
Jesse Alfonso Yamamoto, Board of Directors, President
My name is Jesse Alfonso Yamamoto and I serve on the Make Lemonade Project board as President. I joined this cause because I believe that for most people, life is not simple. Many of us feel pain, loss, and other emotions that interfere with the way we are able to navigate life. But in my experience, dealing with cancer is so much more. It is nuanced and affects everyone differently. Some cancer warriors have more support than others and many do not have the financial means to simply focus on living life to the fullest.
I hope that by “Making Lemonade”, this project can give people the freedom to focus on self-care, being happy, and enjoying the moments that matter.
“Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.”
Celine Casamina, Board of Directors, Secretary
Hey lemon squeezers! I’m Celine, the Secretary of the Make Lemonade Project Board of Directors, which is such an incredible group of people to be around. We each have a story about how cancer has impacted our lives and the lives of our loved ones – I’m sure you do, too.
So many people in our communities have been handed lemons, and could use a little extra help in making lemonade. For each individual going through this daunting journey, there is a community behind them working, praying, and hoping-from our closest loved ones to caregivers and physicians. It takes an entire community to fight cancer – no one should have to do it alone.
“When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.”
– Oscar Wilde
Hi! I’m Stephanie, the Treasurer of the Make Lemonade Project Board of Directors. I’m honored to be part of the Make Lemonade Project. Making lemonade to me means that we will make a positive impact in this community, however big or small.
One of my immediate family members was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2009 and I know firsthand how difficult it can be—mentally and emotionally—for everyone involved. My hope for making lemonade is that we are able to help and support those going through one of the hardest times of their lives. I’m looking forward to making that lemonade with you!
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.”