The Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center is asking for your support as a member of our NPAC family is fighting colon cancer. Former NPAC student and current NPAC assistant, Nikita Mendonca, has been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. Although Nikita was having symptoms for over four years, the various doctors she saw over that time did not diagnose her condition till January 2017 where she received the gut-wrenching news that it was colon cancer.
Nikita underwent surgery in January 2017 to remove the cancer in her colon and the concern is that the cancer has spread. Since then, Nikita has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments and will continue the treatments until October 2017.
But as she faces the journey to defeat the colon cancer, she is in need of financial support to help with medical bills and other costs to treat the cancer diagnosis.
Nikita began her career as a teacher in 2013 at Keaau Elementary School on the Big Island. She left in 2014 to move to Rhode Island to help take care of her grandparents. She moved back in 2016 and began her first year teaching at Waianae Elementary School and has used up her allotted sick leave days. She is now on a leave of absence and she is determined to return to the school next school year by semester 2.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the years we’ve known Nikita, it’s the power of endurance, the power of love, the power of faith, and the power of dreaming big. Nikita has given back to hundreds of students through her work with NPAC and as a teacher at Keaau and Waianae Elementary Schools.
Nikita has been an inspiration as she goes through the chemotherapy treatments with courage and faith. We ask for your support in helping raise funds to cover the medical costs for Nikita.
Thank you for your support.