1. The Greg Cameron Firemen's Fund (TGCFF for the check) The Greg Cameron Firemen’s Fund was established in 2012 in honor of Greg Cameron, a member of the Hawaii Fire Department who served as a paramedic and water rescue specialist. Greg fought a courageous battle against cancer with the generous assistance of his HFD colleagues and his many Big Island friends and supporters. His final wish was to establish a fund to provide the same support for other HFD employees who need assistance when they suffer injury or prolonged illness.
2. Kona Hospital Foundation - Earmarked for the Trauma Fund - Help our local hospital in striving to become better prepared to take care of accident victims by donating to the Trauma Fund to help in the acquisition of additional equipment and in training.
3. PATH/LavaKids - PATH is a non-profit bicycle & pedestrian advocacy organization. Through its joint efforts with the LavaKids' programs PATH and LavaKids work together to promote healthy and active lifestyles for the youth of The Big Island, through their own events as well as supporting other events and organizations with similar goals and objectives.
4. Hospice of Kona - Hospice of Kona provides family centered support, education and care for those approaching end of life. In support of its mission and to provide an alternative comforting and compassionate home-like setting, Hospice of Kona has opened Nakamaru Hale, which these donated funds will help to support.
5. Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund - The 2016 Lavaman Triathlon is dedicated to Sharron Ackles, former Ironman Race Director and a close friend who helped in the beginning years of the Lavaman Triathlon. Sharron passed away from Pancreatic Cancer this past August and one of her wishes was that her battle would in some way help others suffering from Pancreatic Cancer and that donations in her memory would help to one day find a cure.
6. High School Triathlon Teams - Specify either Kealakehe Waveriders or Konawaena High School - Help our local high school students who choose to do Triathlon as their sport get the coaching and equipment they need when the sport is not supported through the regular high school athletic department funds. Lavaman provides slots for the high school division and has seen them grow from 9 members in 2012 to nearly 50 members in 2015. Our goal is to see 100 Big Island high school students competing in future years.