Help Manai Run Through Cancer!


Manai, (pronounced MAH-NAH-EEE) #26, has been diagnosed as relapsed from the same cancer that he was diagnosed with in 2019 - Non-Hodgkin’s T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.  


What does Manai want?

1. Not give up on him, nor his dream to get back on the field to compete & significantly contribute.
2. Celebrate with us that we have found a gracious, Japanese, bone marrow donor.
3. Continue to significantly add to the global bone-marrow registry (this will continue well after he gets back on the field)
4. Help with financial gifts by contributing through this website.

He does not need prayers of SOLITUDE; he need prayers in the form of personal ACTION

You may ask yourself ....

"What can I do special, in order to take action TODAY and be part of the REMEDY, for those who desperately need bone marrow?"

What do you do?

1.    Register on Be The Match 
3.    If you are over the age of 44, please hold healthy adults in the 18-44 year old age group accountable
to get themselves registered in the global registry.

What will Be The Match do?

They will send you a cheek swab kit in the mail:

You can see actual swabs and the rest of the process on the below Updates

Please send your questions to:

type: teammanai26
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Manai's Village
(The Village) - those people external to the Del Norte High School and 4s Ranch area
The Neighborhood - those who have followed Manai's football career since the days of American Youth Football
The Flock - those students who have been impacted by Manai's kindness on campus as well as the excitement on the field 

If you are new to The Village, we are very glad you are with us. Manai's intended purpose of using the GFM site is to bring awareness to the desperate need to find his perfect bone marrow match and increase the current bone marrow registry for those who could be a match for someone else. People can send gifted money, it will be very much appreciated, but not required. We want you to take advantage of the wonderful, free, platform of GFM and plot his progress as they trickle out from the GFM updates. Please share with your ecosystems that anyone can view this site for free and follow his progress from their home computers or cell phones.

The current balance of the money represents today, and what was carried over from 2019. The current balance will always reflect something way over $50k, as it adds new tallies FROM the 2019 database. As of his diagnosis date, the balance raised from 2019 was $47,900.00 dollars.

For you to know where we are, at any moment in time, just subtract $47.9k from the balance (you see at your moment in time).

To the Flock, the Neighborhood, and the Technical support engineers at Go Fund Me:

you ROCK!



Hi, we are seeking your financial gift to support Manai’s run to defeat cancer.

The Backstory
Manai Hazlett, 17, is the Varsity Running Back for the Del Norte Nighthawks High School Football team. On April 5, 2019, Manai was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. This has come as a shock not only to Manai and his parents, Steve and Shinano, but to all who know him.

Manai is kind and intelligent. He is a lifelong athlete, but he excels at and loves football. He finished the 2018 season as one of the top running backs in San Diego and has the dream of playing football in college. In the past, he has run through many tacklers to defeat his opponents. Now he needs your help to defeat his cancer. He is now in a very challenging position of protecting his life for the rest of his high school time. The great news is that Manai has started this challenge with a strong body, a positive attitude, and tremendous encouragement from his peers.

Prior to the diagnosis, over the last few months, he had been experiencing unusual fatigue after exercise, a chronic cough, breathing challenges, and it finally culminated with some unexplained swelling on his left pectoral. A chest x-ray showed a growth under his left chest region. He started chemotherapy on April 11, 2019. He received a major surgery where a device called a port was placed in the right side of his chest in order to provide him with less pain during blood draws and chemotherapy infusions over the next several years.

What's Ahead
Manai’s weekly chemotherapy sessions will continue for at least 5 months and then continue at less frequent intervals for an estimated 2.5 years. Manai’s response to chemotherapy so far has been positive. However, there have been days where he has been extremely fatigued with writhing headaches and had to miss school.

Unfortunately, these symptoms are expected to increase with greater frequency in the next few weeks and produce more unknown financial needs.

How To Help
The Hazletts are overwhelmed with the magnitude of the challenges Manai is facing, which include his continued education and the financial and logistical burdens associated with this major life development. The current scenario is not financially sustainable for their family and they need our help.

As such, all financial gifts will be used for medical co-pays, medical expenses or therapies not covered by insurance, tailored education needs for Manai, home modifications, increased utilities, transportation, food, lodging, possible relocation, and other accommodations related to his new normal.

Our Touchdown Target (Goal)!
The goal here is to raise $50,000 to offer the Hazlett Family hope, peace of mind, and relieve the stress and burdens of the known and unexpected expenses related to Manai’s needs in the coming weeks and months. Thank you for any financial gift amount you can provide in supporting Manai and his family so they can focus on healing.

About the Campaign Manager
My name is Susie Christianson and I live in Grand Junction, CO. I have known Manai’s mother and father for nearly 20 years from serving with Steve in the Marine Corps. I held baby Manai at 6 months old when I visited the Hazlett’s in Okinawa, where Steve and Shinano met.

With your help, we can make a difference in the Hazlett’s life right now so Manai can run through this very difficult time and his parents can be with him every step of the way. Your much-appreciated financial gift will be sent directly to a special bank account, which was recently set up for this campaign, to pay for the necessary expenses needed. Please help Manai run through to defeat his cancer.

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Susan Christianson 
San Diego, CA
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