Our goal and the mission of the Alex and Duke DeRego Foundation is to provide young people the right skills to empower them with knowledge and awareness that will safeguard their lives and the lives of others. Even one life lost to unpreparedness near the ocean or injury where help in providing First Aid / CPR is crucial to life saving is avoided, is one life lost to many. We also seek to create awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation in our community.
Make a Difference ~ Save a Life ~ Be a Hero
On September 24, 2005 while on a camping trip in a remote spot on the South side of Kona we believed our 12 year old son Alexander fell into the ocean at night while crossing a plank in the dark. We searched 5 days for him with the help of family, friends our community and rescue personnel but never found his body.
On May 31, 2010 our 14 year old son Duke was thrown from a golf cart while the 15 year old driver made an unexpected sharp left turn at a high speed. His friends panicked and did not know what to do the paramedics were called some 10-15 minutes after he fell. Luckily an off duty Police Officer was near- by and started administering CPR on Duke. Although Duke regained a heartbeat he suffered irreparable brain damage and was pronounced dead on June 3, 2010. He became a “Hero” that day as we donated his organs and he saved the lives of 3 people as well as gave sight to 2 others.
Our Faith has sustained us through these horrific challenges and we believe what was meant for harm can be turned around for good. That is why the Alexander & Duke De Rego Foundation was birthed.
The Foundation’s goal and mission is to educate and bring awareness of Ocean Water Safety and First Aid CPR through varies programs either hosted by the Alex & Duke De Rego Foundation or sponsored by the Foundation such as organization like the Junior Lifeguard Program, Hawaii Rescue Tube Foundation. As well as partnerships with local organizations that shares our vision to bring awareness to young adults of Hawai’i to safeguard their lives in the water or on the land. It is also the goal of the Foundation to visit every High School and Charter School in Hawai’i that will allow me to share my story and provide free First Aid /CPR training to any student who wishes. Our team of skilled Lifeguards and First Aid / CPR professionals maintain their lifesaving skills and fundamentals in this arena.
Our family attended the Donor Remembrance Ceremony on April 9, 2011 and met the recipients of Duke’s gift of life, we felt so blessed to see the Joy our son has brought to their lives as well as their loved ones, supporting organ donation through The Alexander & Duke De Rego Foundation and sharing our story will give hope and encouragement to others.
The Alexander & Duke De Rego Foundation will also award an annual scholarship to one high school graduate of Honoka’a High School to further their College Education. It is our goal to offer more scholarships in the future. We believe both of our sons would have graduated from Honoka’a High School.
The Alexander and Duke De Rego Foundation strives to be responsible stewards to uphold the public trust and perform in ways that reflect fundamental values, including honesty, integrity, compassion and trust. To build a legacy that honors the memory of two brothers who are truly loved and missed, we are dedicated to continue outreach in their name.