Kakutani recognized on ‘Find a Cure Night’

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From left to right are Mike Kakutani, Dr. Carla Kakutani, Thomas and Rosie Kakutani. Photo by Eric Lucero

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As it has been since its inaugural date in 2007, Find A Cure Night is still an emotional, heart-wrenching event, and a reality check of just how fortunate most are and how difficult some have it.

As varsity boys basketball coach Jason Davis tries to get through his speech and recognize someone who is fighting her fight with a terrible disease, he also has to deal with the memory of the loss of then 19-year-old Jared Davis, whom this event honors.

Jared Davis lost his life to aplastic anemia (a rare blood disease) in 2006, just one year after helping lead the Winters High School varsity basketball team to the most successful season in school history, winning a league and section title with a 24-4 record.

In 2007, the Warriors started “Find a Cure Night” to remember Jared, to raise awareness and to raise funds for an annual scholarship for a Winters High School graduate. Last Saturday, Jan. 6, was the 12th annual event and for the ninth straight season, Woodland High School participated in the program with the Warriors to offer their support as well.

As a part of the program each year, the Warriors also recognize an individual who is fighting their own battle and this year that individual was Dr. Carla Kakutani.

As Jason Davis put it, “she has been taking care of everybody else for the last five years while fighting a very aggressive breast cancer and most people didn’t even know about it.

“I’ve known Carla for a long time since she joined my dad (Dr. Bill Davis) on the sidelines of the football field back in the late ‘90s. She is one of the strongest and most selfless people I know and that character comes out in her and her husband Mikes’ children, Thomas and Rosie.

“I have coached Thomas for three years and you would never know that their family was going through something like this. This is just a small gesture but we want to thank her and let her know that we are with her and her family in whatever capacity we can be.”

Thomas and Rosie presented their mom with a game ball signed by both teams in front of a capacity crowd.

So if you are a person of faith, pray for those who have to deal with these horrible diseases and thank God if you don’t. If you believe in luck, then go pick a four leaf clover or thank your lucky stars. Donate to a program that is diligently trying to fight these deadly diseases.

Whether its religion or whatever it is that you turn to for guidance, strength or comfort, do it; do something that will help bring awareness and someday Find A Cure.

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