The Kevyn Nojima Foundation will host a fundraiser on Dec. 5 at the Chop Suey Café and Lounge in Little Tokyo from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Beneficiaries targeted are young adults faced with cancer.
Nojima, who lost his battle with osteogenic sarcoma, or bone cancer, six years ago, at the age of 22, had a passion for basketball. He established the non-profit foundation in his name, knowing that his time was limited, along with older brother, Eric and mom, Judy. In 2003, after two years of treatments and chemotherapy, Kevyn’s arm and shoulder were amputated. All the while, an inner strength and courage kept him focused on each new challenge.
This b-baller started playing the game when he was seven, on the CYC Mustangs, Tigers and Jets teams. At Schurr High School, Nojima was varsity team captain and point guard when they garnered the Co-League championship and he earned first team all-league honors. Outside time was spent coaching CYC teams and interning with the L.A. Clippers on video projects.
Donation is $25 and includes a buffet. Checks may be sent to the Kevyn Nojima Foundation, 1609 Via Napoli, Montebello 90640.
For more information, contact Judy Nojima at [email protected]