2013 Nominees Section
Jane Ka'ala Pang
Position: Founder of PIHP, Former Board Member & Current Volunteer for Komen OC
Organization: Susan G. Komen Orange County & Pacific Islander Health Partnership
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Jane Ka'ala Pang has spent her entire career helping others. In addition to her work as a nurse at a rehabilitation center, Jane still has the energy and passion to extend her knowledge and expertise into our Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community.
She shares her cancer journey with others in our Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities who face even greater challenges with language, access, understanding, translation and tremendous issues related to access to affordable, quality and culturally relevant breast health care.
Jane has served on the Komen Orange County Board of Directors, currently serves on the Komen National Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Council and works tirelessly on many local and state cancer coalitions to ensure that the API community has a voice in cancer care and research.
An example of her unrelenting passion is her contribution towards breast cancer research. In a recent visit to the Indiana University (IU) Tissue Bank collection in Indianapolis back in February 2013, Jane participated as a tissue donor and donated a sample of her healthy breast tissue, all in an effort to help diversify the current sample of healthy breast tissue specimen. Jane also serves on the local steering committee in collaboration with the Komen Orange County Affiliate and MemorialCare Medical Group to bring the IU Tissue Bank to Orange County, California on November 2, 2013.
Jane Ka’ala Pang has also been a personal navigator for her husband, Victor Pang - a male breast cancer survivor, through the complex and challenging continuum of cancer care. She was the recipient of Komen Orange County’s Most Inspirational Co-Survivor Award in 2010. Not to mention, Jane receives phone calls and emails every day from NHPI communities across the U.S., Alaska and Hawaii navigating them to appropriate resources.
She carefully balances her passion and dedication to the community with her familial responsibilities with two sons and four grandchildren.
Jane’s passion and dedication to the health and healing of her community is unmatched. Her commitment to ensuring that Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have access to quality breast health care is everlasting.