Little Things, Big Differences – For Frank

Meet Jerome “Frank” Savusa, a junior at Mililani High School. The 17-year-old enjoys making jokes and making people laugh. Frank is one of five children and loves spending time with his family and friends!

In 2016, Frank was diagnosed with a form of carcinoma cancer that started on his face, and eventually spread to his upper body and back. In order to receive medical treatment, he was forced to leave his immediate family and home in American Samoa, and traveled more than 2,500 miles to Hawaii. Frank initially made the move with his aunty and uncle, settling into small two-story apartment in Mililani.

Earlier this year, Frank’s parents, Shute and Telesia, and three younger siblings finally joined him on Oahu, and are now his sole caretakers. With all of them living together, it now make Frank’s small apartments seem even smaller. Since moving to Hawaii, the Savusa family has had a difficult time making ends meet, as Frank’s father, Shute, is unable to work full time. Frank and his family miss their home in American Samoa very dearly, and are slowly adjusting to life in Hawaii. They are hoping to receive donations from Little Things, Big Differences to help them feel more comfortable in their new home and to enjoy family activities together, as they plan to stay here for as long as needed.

Shute and Telesia are kindly asking for Little Things that will make a Big Difference in their son’s life, such as gift cards to assist with groceries and other costs of living. As they currently don’t have a reliable source of transportation, bus passes would help them to get around. Frank enjoys fishing and would greatly appreciate a fishing rod. He also likes to keep busy and would enjoy movie passes, a football and even a stay at a beach house for a fun family getaway.

Here are some Little Things that we know will make a Big Difference to Frank:

  • Massage chair or neck massager – which helps keep him comfortable and helps him to relax when the pain gets tough
  • Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Foodland or Costco
  • Bus passes
  • Movie passes
  • Football
  • Fishing supplies
  • Clothes (Size XL) and Shoes (Size 11-11.5)
  • International calling cards
  • A stay at a beach house

Please help Frank and his family to create lasting memories, especially as they transition into life on Oahu. Donations can be delivered or mailed to our Hospice Hawaii office at 860 Iwilei Road. For more information, please contact Megan Lee at (808) 791-8067 or

Mahalo for your support!