October 13th, 2011 / posted by paularath

Anne Namba's exquisite daughter, Roxy Cassidy, models clothing by her mother and jewelry by Anna Meng. Photos by Garrett Nose.

More than ten years ago, one of our best friends, artist and graphic designer Jim Egan, learned he had leukemia.  It was, of course, a terrifying diagnosis. Fortunately his brother was a donor match and after a bone marrow transplant and months of intensive care and therapy at “The Hutch” in Seattle, Jim came home. Now we see him regularly working out at The Honolulu Club and ripping up golf courses all over Oahu. He is the picture of health.

This is our wish for Barbara “Barbie” Ho: a return to good health and family. She is facing her own battle with leukemia and will undergo a bone marrow transplant on October 19 in Seattle. Wife of Hawaii News Now anchor, Keahi Tucker, the 37-year-old is the mother of three young children.

We remember Jim’s frustrating battle with the bills, and the insurance companies, in addition to his inspiring battle with leukemia. In an effort to avoid such issues, fashion designer Anne Namba and jewelry designer Anna Meng are sponsoring a fundraiser to help defray medical expenses for Barbie.

Anne will showcase her fall 2011 collection, accessorized with Anna’s bold statement jewelry. The event takes place Wednesday, October 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Anne Namba Designs, 324 Kamani Street in Kaka’ako. There is no charge to attend the fashion show. A percentage of all sales will be donated to Barbie’s fight against cancer.

Those wishing to help Barbie may donate at the envent or by mail. Checks may be made payable to Barbara Ho and sent to:

Barbara Ho

c/o Barbara Ho’s Fight Against Cancer

P.O. Box 159252

Honolulu, HI 96815

For more information, call Anne Namba Designs: 589-1135 or e-mail anne@annenamba.com.

- Paula Rath

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