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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM TJ’s parents, Jocelyn and Jaret Fernandez, tended to him during the event. Jaret Fernandez said he was surprised by the large turnout and the support from friends, family and strangers.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM Local artists from Comic Jam Hawaii also helped out at Saturday’s event, drawing commissioned artwork. Jon J. Murakami, who draws the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Calabash” comic strip, worked on a piece as Gwen Inamasu watched.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM Well-wishers lined up to greet Tristan “TJ”?Fernandez at Saturday’s fundraiser. Among those waiting at the front of the line were Steven Vega as Marvel Comics character Deadpool, in the red-and-black costume, and Alana Nordell as Doraemon, the Japanese robot cat.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM After Tristan “TJ” Fernandez, 14, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, one of his wishes as an avid anime fan was to visit Japan, but he was unable to travel after a seizure. In response, his family organized a fundraiser, with support from Hospice Hawaii and local anime convention Kawaii Kon, to bring anime characters to him at the Pearl City High School cafeteria on Saturday. Several cosplayers gathered around TJ for a photo at the event.