Condolences to Goods-Fernandez ohana, please share your stories of Cia

Photo courtesy of the Goods-Fernandez family, originally run Dec. 24, 2013

It is with great sadness that I pass this along.

Former Wahine Cia Goods-Fernandez passed away tonight on Maui after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Goods played for the Wahine in ’93, 95-97. She was a teammate of three of the current Wahine staff: Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (1993-96), Angelica Ljungqvist (1993-96) and Aven Lee (1996-97, 99-00).

Goods was the 1997 WAC Player of the Year-Pacific Division and AVCA all-region. She is in the UH record books in a couple of places. She had 17 blocks (one solo, 16 assisted) in a 5-setter against Utah in 1997. She is second to Ljungqvist in single-season block assists (199 in 97) and total blocks (230 in 97). Also second to Heather Bown in blocks per set (1.99 in ’97).

Career-wise Goods tied for No. 5 with Teee Williams (82), is No. 3 in block assists (491), No. 3 in total blocks (573) No. 7 in blocks per set (1.47).

Some of you donated yarn that was mailed to her last year. Thank you. She enjoyed knitting after her treatments.

If you have a memory of Cia, please share here. Don’t forget to hug your friends and family and tell them you love them.

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Here is the story I wrote that ran Christmas Eve 2013:

The glass is half full. The glass is half empty.

The positive outlook of Cia Goods-Fernandez and the realistic view of her husband, Rob, are combining for an all-in and all-out battle against cancer.
Goods-Fernandez, a standout middle for the University of Hawaii in the mid-1990s, is looking to put up the biggest block of her career. The 38-year-old has Stage IV lung cancer, a shock-to-the-soul diagnosis for the mother of five (ages 3 to 13), her husband, friends and the volleyball community.

She was healthy. She was active. She was a nonsmoker.

She was stunned.

“If I was going to get anything, I thought it might be diabetes,” said Goods-Fernandez, a TSA supervisor at Kahu­lui Airport on Maui. “Cancer was the last thing I’m thinking they’re going to tell me I have. I don’t feel sick.”

What began about a year ago as a weird cough with some chest pains was originally diagnosed as walking pneumonia. It was treated with antibiotics.
It didn’t go away.

More follow-ups, more tests, more antibiotics. Thinking it might be tuberculosis, she was referred to a lung specialist, who found no cancer after numerous tests, including a bronchoscopy.

It didn’t go away.

MRI was clear, biopsy was not. Nodule on the left lung.

Surgery was scheduled to remove the lung but then delayed to make sure it hadn’t spread to the right lung.

It had.

On Friday the 13th, Goods-Fernandez flew to Oahu for surgery to determine the extent of the cancer. The next Thursday she was told her only option was chemotherapy.

But with her Maui oncologist resigning this month and no permanent replacement scheduled until February, she has decided to put off treatment to focus on her family and herself as she recuperates from the last operation.

Christmas will be a little different this year. The Fernandez ohana normally comes to Oahu to enjoy the holidays with some of Cia’s family and go to the water park.

“That’s the choice we give the kids: presents or the water park,” Rob Fernandez, a T-shirt screen printer. “This year … not going to happen. Five kids in this economy, and with Cia back from surgery, it’s kind of tough right now.

“Unfortunately, we have found the business side of cancer. If you don’t have money, you’re going to end up with second-rate drugs and treatment. We didn’t want anyone to know about this, but we realized the hardships we were facing. We didn’t want to ask for help, but …”

And so a fundraising page was created at GoFundMe.com, which accepts online donations and gives updates on Goods-Fernandez’s progress.

It also accepts what the Fernandezes want the most: prayers and memories from those visiting the website.

“Even if people can’t send money, we would like them to share their stories of Cia, tell us a little about themselves,” Fernandez said. “People are donating, and we don’t know who they are. We’d like to learn about them. Most important, please send prayers.”

Goods-Fernandez said the situation may have hit her husband of five years harder than her initially.

“I go to work at 4 a.m., and he takes care of the kids in the morning, gets them ready for school,” Goods-Fernandez said. “The youngest ask him every morning where am I. He sees the big picture, one where there could be a day that he won’t know what to say to them.

“I am not thinking that far ahead. I think everyone is scared and doesn’t know what to expect, but the silver lining is with the kids on (school) break, I get to spend more time with them.”

The two oldest (Kimani, 13, and Kayla, 11) are hers from another marriage; the middle (Brielle, 9), his by a previous; and the two youngest (Serenity, 4, and Peyton, 3), theirs biologically. That’s semantics, Fernandez said, because all are their children.

Which makes it five times as tough.

“They are so attached to their mom, their faces light up when she comes home,” Fernandez said. “When the youngest crawl into bed in the morning, asking where she is, it hits me that we can’t lose mom.

“We’re going to kick this. We’re going to do this.”

The “we” was meant to be, Fernandez said. It could have happened in high school, except that he was at Baldwin and she was boarding at Kame­ha­meha on Oahu.

It could have happened in college, when she was playing for the Rainbow Wahine. Fernandez, a three-sport athlete for the Bears, was going to play football for the Rainbow Warriors, but it didn’t happen.

“I knew of her, knew she played for UH, knew her brother,” Fernandez said. “How we look at it is we are soul mates. It took a while, but we ended up where we were supposed to be: together.

“I feel honored that she wanted to be with me. We have the greatest relationship. It’s honest. It’s open. It’s just a beautiful thing.”

Fernandez is a year younger and some three inches shorter than his wife, who is a shade over 6 feet. When they first started dating, he joked that he wanted to use her gene pool to have tall children.

“That (height difference) doesn’t bother me,” he said. “She’s strong, she’s independent, she’s beautiful. I love her.”

The couple shares many interests, from the Chicago Bears to Rainbow Wahine volleyball (his cousin Kalei Adolpho plays volleyball and basketball for UH). Goods-Fernandez, who still ranks seventh in four UH career blocking categories, also played a season of basketball.

They’ve never been much into giving each other presents.

Except for this Christmas, where the very real gift of each other is tied with the ribbon of hope.

COMMENTS

  1. Ki November 3, 2018 9:50 pm

    Cia was one of my favorite players. Each year she played, she progressed becoming a blocking machine and an offensive threat her final year. Unfortunately, ’97 was Hawaii’s rebuilding year and Cia had no supporting cast to help her. Had the Wāhine made it to the second round of the NCAA’s, I truly believed she would have made All-American. May she RIL.


  2. turfwar November 3, 2018 10:14 pm

    It would be fitting for UH to honor her at the next home game. condolenses to the Goods Fernandez Ohana.


  3. Cindy Luis November 3, 2018 11:02 pm

    2. I’m sure they will


  4. Kauai boy November 4, 2018 12:51 am

    My condolences to her Ohana… One of my all time favorite Rainbow Wahine and a fellow TSA supervisor… Rest in love CIA :-(….


  5. One Love November 4, 2018 5:08 am

    So sad. Thoughts and prayers to Cia, her ohana, and friends. RIL 🙏🏽


  6. Bulla November 4, 2018 6:49 am

    Heartfelt prayers to the ohana. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Live pono, be kind, and follow ke Akua… Rest in Love and mahalo for the memories….


  7. Sheila November 4, 2018 7:49 am

    Shocking to hear the sad news about ‘our Alumni Cia Goods’. Hmm, strange why it was not detected before hitting stage IV with available advanced medical testing in USA? Amazingly, I was thinking of her 3-4 weeks ago how Cia Goods used to put away opponents’ overhead passes with a simple side tap as current wahine squad messed up these gifts few times…She was a silent blocking star in the same caliber of Mags and left a lasting sweet memory of wahine middle blocking history. God bless you Cia and your family and RIP!


  8. H-Man November 4, 2018 9:43 am

    This article….so sad. Condolences to her family. I pray for your strength to get through this.


  9. cappie the dog November 4, 2018 10:45 am

    “If you don’t have money…”

    It shouldn’t be like this.

    We are the only first-world country…

    I’m a poli-sci junkie. This sort of story infuriates me.

    Ms. Goods should still be here.


  10. cappie the dog November 4, 2018 10:47 am

    We shouldn’t be sad, we should be angry.


  11. darkfire35 November 4, 2018 2:58 pm

    May the Lord be with Cia and her ohana. She is in a better place now. Our love and condolences.


  12. Cruisecontrol November 4, 2018 4:52 pm

    Once a Wahine, always a Wahine. Cia will always be remembered by Wahine fans and the local volleyball community. Much Aloha and condolences to the Goods and Fernandez ohanas.


  13. Robert Fernandez November 4, 2018 7:31 pm

    Hearing people’s story about Cia brings tears of joy to my life. Keep them comming please. Robert Fernandez


  14. Shannon Sagapolutele November 4, 2018 8:04 pm

    You will be missed, Sweet friend. Thank you for showing us your courageous journey. May God cover your family and bring healing along the way.


  15. Maechelle K Holbron November 4, 2018 8:05 pm

    When me and my ohana would travel to Oahu for family vacations I would see her and I’d get butterflies in my stomach cause I was her number one fan. I’ve watched her games with my dad and since then I’ve played beach volleyball with my ohana she was a huge inspiration to me when I was young now in my 30’s she’s still my favorite all time volleyball player for UH. Sending my condolences to the Goods-Fernandez Ohana.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼😢😢😢


  16. Melissa Lamebull Ingram November 4, 2018 8:21 pm

    Cia was my college roommate while at UH. We had so many fond memories while in school. We drifted apart over the years but just recently reconnected because her oldest daughter signed to play basketball at the University of Alaska Anchorage. It was great to reconnect even it was for a short time. I’m glad we did because I got to meet her AMAZING daughter, Kimani. My heart breaks for Kimani, her siblings, Cia’s husband and all of the Goods family, who became my family during my time in Hawaii. You will be missed Cia aka Grimace! Rest is love sis!


  17. greenthumb November 4, 2018 10:10 pm

    A good soul and a good teammate, on and off the court. We are so lucky here in Hawaii to have had generations of student athletes like Cia to represent us. Mahalo to her family for sharing her with us, and may your memories of her give you comfort.


  18. Lina M. Salvador November 5, 2018 12:18 am

    My heartfelt condolence to the Goods-Fernandez Ohana. Asking our loving Heavenly Father to hold each of you in His loving arms and comfort you all and give you strength each day. Lots of love and hugs to all of you♥️♥️♥️


  19. Rebecca Albiar Aquino November 5, 2018 5:58 am

    Our deepest condolences to the Goods and Frenandez ‘Ohana…God bless❤


  20. Michelle Bustillos November 5, 2018 8:04 am

    Our condolences to your family. I met cia at Kamehameha Maui my son Kaha’i and her daughter Kimani are graduates of the class of 2018. She was a sweet and humble woman. May she rest in ❤️& May her family have comfort & her wonderful memories 🙏


  21. Paul Friel November 5, 2018 8:27 am

    Condolence to the Cia’s ohana. A true Wahine and Warrior. Aloha ke akua.


  22. Cindy Luis November 5, 2018 8:57 am

    New thread up Wahine RPI at 55
    http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47405
    13. Thank you so much Rob. Will call you later.


  23. diamonds808 November 5, 2018 9:09 am

    Cia was a classmate of my nephew at Kamehameha and I followed her through her volleyball career, where she was an outstanding player at UH (so proud she stayed home!) and then the past few years on her FB page as she went through this difficult journey. When she asked for yarn donations last year, I jumped at the chance to send her some as it was just sitting in my room, taking up space – I knew she could use it more than I could and it would make her happy. Her outlook was always positive. Hawaii athletics lost 2 great former athletes in Cia Goods-Fernandez and Vince Manuwai over the past 2 days – may both rest in peace and love and for Cia especially, no more pain. Thank you both for all the great memories that you left for us UH fans.


  24. Anita November 5, 2018 9:21 am

    Her battle was hard fought. I will forever see her in the top row of the Kamehameha stands supporting while in her cap or head scarf, loving on her kids no matter what…


  25. Tomisanne November 5, 2018 11:47 am

    Robert and Ohana, my heart breaks for you, as I know this pain first hand. Love and Light to you at this difficult time. Cia was an amazing lady, strong, courageous, and very loving. Cia, rest in love!


  26. Prayer Warrior November 5, 2018 12:03 pm

    Sending extra hugs & kisses to rob and the Fernandez ‘ohana, as they also lost his Dad two days prior :'(


  27. Chavez Familia November 5, 2018 4:02 pm

    Love and prayers to the Goods & Fernandez Ohana♥️ Rest in Love Cia


  28. Bleachercoach November 5, 2018 5:40 pm

    My condolences to the Goods-Fernandez Ohana. May our Heavenly Father bring comfort and peace to her husband and children. She was a wonderful, amazing athlete and a beautiful person also. I remember her nice smile and spunkiness on the court as a MB for our Wahine Volleyball Team. May the Lord bless this entire ohana always.


  29. Nicole Keohokalole Tupuola November 6, 2018 2:57 am

    Rest in aloha, Cecelia. That is the name I knew her by at KS. She was tall, soft-spoken, had big, beautiful light brown eyes, curly hair, and a pretty smile. We weren’t super close friends, but close enough for me to be able to say that she was kind. Life seems so unfair sometimes. Praying for her beautiful ohana. Aloha, Nicole (Keohokalole) Tupuola


  30. Chris Keliiheleua November 6, 2018 8:29 am

    Thank you C for your contibutions and Aloha…cancer is so devastating to know a loved one to have., forever live in everyone’s heart….rest in love and aloha…prayers of happiness and strength through this journey with her watching over you all. Mahalo nui loa Cecelia


  31. brainbow November 6, 2018 9:07 am

    Very unfortunately, Stage IV cancer has metastasized and the prognosis is not good, no matter what the medicine. For example, non-smokers can develop lung cancer from other causes, genetic, second hand smoke, and even air pollution. It is so sad that she did everything right to be diagnosed early for possibly life saving treatment, yet it was resistant to discovery and the medical system sounds like it also let her down.


  32. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 6, 2018 10:40 am

    I was shocked to hear that a Rainbow Wahine volleyball player died so young. I guess she is the first one. (Please correct me if I am mistaken.) I never saw her play as I didn’t live in Hawaii at the time and there was no online broadcast then. I only heard her name in the news when Hawaii played in the Final Four and lost to Stanford. Also, I was surprised that she succumbed to lung cancer despite the fact that she never smoked. I wonder if either of her two consecutive husbands smoked or she grew up in a smoking household. I always assumed that lung cancer is a preventable disease. So sad that a mother of five was taken away prematurely. My sympathies extend to her children, especially the little ones.


  33. Justafriend November 6, 2018 11:54 pm

    When I first met CIA-I thought that she could be a top model if she wanted to be. She was so beautiful inside and out. One time, my mother and I we’re arguing and it was about to get physical. I say ABOUT because without hesitation CIA jump in the middle of us and stopped what would have been a horrible occurance. She was such a kind soul. This hurts. Life is not fair!


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