Run Like a Girl!

a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…

a survivor story June 30, 2009

Filed under: fundraising progress,leukemia information,TNT — Malia Yoshioka @ 7:55 am
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Elli Wolpe with her husband David and daughter Samara

Elli Wolpe, herself a cancer survivor, became part of the LLS family when her husband David was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She is now one of our Team In Training® (TNT) participants. Here is a portion of her speech from the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Pasta Party.

I remember reading once that when people tell the story of an event that changed their lives, they often begin with the words: “It was a day that started just like any other day…”

The same is true for us. It was a day that started just like any other day when I got a follow up call after my annual exam. I was 31 and a new mother. And I had cancer. It changed my life forever. But I was one of the lucky ones, it was caught early and I survived.

It was a day like any other day when my husband, David, had a grand mal seizure. We learned it was caused by a brain tumor that was removed in a 10-hour surgery. But he was one of the lucky ones. It was benign and he survived.

It was a day like any other day when, just two a half years later, David found a swollen lymph node that led to the diagnosis of follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Luckily, the chemo worked and he went into remission. But being in remission is not the same thing as being cured. In January, he got the last of his Rituxan®, a monoclonal antibody that was developed in part by funding from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Now we play the waiting game. Because incurable means it’s coming back. Only we don’t know when. All we know is that it will be on a day just like any other day…

Your support for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society matters – to my husband, my daughter, myself… You are changing the world for people like us.

To learn more about LLS, please visit us at


i’m back! June 29, 2009

Filed under: leukemia information,TNT — Malia Yoshioka @ 12:40 pm
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just got back from a 10 day trip to china which was amazing!! (you can see photos on my flickr page here.) but now i’m back and it’s time to get refocused on racing for a cure!

when i returned from my trip i had over 200 emails in my inbox, and sadly one of them was from a friend of mine who is a leukemia survivor. he first battled through stage 4 hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2000, and has been cancer free ever since. unfortunately, as a complication from the treatment he received then, he has now developed AML – acute myeloid leukemia. it’s apparently a very common result from the treatment that helped him beat cancer the first time, and i have no doubt that he’ll fight through it again this time. he has a great attitude, and is right now in the hospital on 24 hr chemo, and he will most likely have to remain there for at least 2 months. please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

watching him go through this once again reaffirms for me the reason that i am trying so hard to raise this money and to run this marathon. he asked me if i’d run a mile for him this year, but john i promise you 13.1 miles! if you’d like to help, please go to my donation page – any donation helps. someday we will find a cure and there will be no cancer!!

if you’re on facebook, please join john’s “fan club” here. this group was started as a show of support for john in his fight to “kick cancer’s ass!” go john!


NHL, HD, say what? June 11, 2009

Filed under: fundraising progress,leukemia information,TNT — Malia Yoshioka @ 1:13 pm
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Here’s some info I got today from the Leukemia Society staff. I wanted to pass it along so that you too can learn more about what we’re up against! A big mahalo to all of my new donors this week – we’re up to $450, or 15% to goal! Thanks so much for your support. =)

Here’s a bit about two Hematologic (Blood) Malignancies (Cancers): NHL (Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma) and HD (Hodgkins Disease)…..


free runners world wallpapers June 8, 2009

Filed under: general,training — Malia Yoshioka @ 7:33 pm
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my dad is the one who got me running in the first place, and i sometimes refer to him as the marathon man, because he’s now reached his goal of running 10 consecutive honolulu marathons, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. today, he sent me this link to some free downloadable runner’s world wallpapers. pick out your favorite for inspiration every time you start up your computer! i chose this one because it fits with my goal of san francisco this october:


5am is SOOOOO early… June 6, 2009

Filed under: TNT,training — Malia Yoshioka @ 9:51 am
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my alarm went off at 5am this morning and it felt like i had just gone to bed. my plan was to leave the house by 6 to make it to kailua by 6:30 to meet the team, and no i don’t really need a whole hour to get ready. i actually need about 10 minutes, but getting up earlier means i have time to be reasonably awake and alert for driving, grab a quick bagel for breakfast, and make sure i have a change of clothes, etc for the day. i sometimes get that kind of stuff ready the night before, but i’ve been so busy lately that i’m not very organized. gotta take things one day at a time! haha.

i also have been feeling a little under the weather this week but when i got to kailua beach park, it seems like half the team has a cold or flu, so i was really proud of all of us for getting up to make it to the session anyway. one of the girls on my team even flew over from maui just for our kick off session! (hi, marisa!)

i decided to try a run/walk since we were just doing lanikai loop (about 3 miles, 3.5 if you ask my nike plus sensor.) leilani loaned me her watch (see, i wasn’t organized enough to remember mine!) and i started us off with 4 min/1 min run/walk intervals as i set off with marisa and mary. we kept up a decent conversational pace, under 12 minutes/mile, which was good because i was planning to take it easy if i wasn’t feeling well, so i’m happy with how the run turned out. we eventually moved up to 5/1 intervals as well. it was nice to talk story a little bit and to get to know my team members as we have a lot of new faces this year! our new coaches are awesome too, and they led us in stretching as a group after (not before!) our workout. next week we get to do some core exercises and stretching after the run, and i’m looking forward to it cause we’ll be running at kapiolani park which is right in my backyard, yay! no 5am wakeup call for me next week. woo hoo!

you can check out the details from our run here. nope, i’m not the fastest runner in the bunch, but we kept up a steady pace and then walked to cool down towards the end. =)


12% to goal! June 4, 2009

Filed under: fundraising progress,general,TNT,training — Malia Yoshioka @ 6:31 pm
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wow, i’m so excited for this season! this tuesday i attended our mentor training session and we got our official roster of mentees for the year. my team includes six runners, two from off-island. we start our training this saturday morning bright and early with a short run starting at kailua beach park at 6:30am. i’ll update you all saturday, although i haven’t run much in the past two weeks so let’s hope i’m not too sore that day! =)

and thanks so much to those who have donated this week – i’m already over 10% of the way to my goal thanks to your generous donations! i’ve also been putting in some time volunteering at the leukemia society offices so that will bring me even closer.

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