Run Like a Girl!

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

we’ve reached the $1000 mark! July 30, 2009

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thanks so much to those who have sent in donations as well as to wailana and tony for volunteering their time with me at the coconut chase 8k in order to raise funds for the leukemia society. you are making a difference! i couldn’t do this without your support!

if you would like to make a donation, please visit my fundraising page here.

if you have hawaiianmiles you’d like to donate to help get me to the race, please email me at


an inspiring AML story from maui July 22, 2009

Filed under: leukemia information — Malia Yoshioka @ 9:04 pm
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Benefactor Becomes Beneficiary
Teen who joined, aided fishing tourney for cancer patients, contracts leukemia and receives financial help

By MELISSA TANJI, Staff Writer
POSTED: July 22, 2009

WAILUKU – Teen Michael Waki had participated several times in a local fishing tourney benefiting young cancer patients while not knowing that in a few years, he, too, would be a tournament beneficiary.

The Wailuku resident, who suffers from an aggressive form of leukemia, was chosen to be a beneficiary of the annual Daniel Perreira Memorial Spearfishing Tournament, a Father’s Day event named after a 2-year-old Maui boy who had died of cancer in 2002. The tournament also benefits the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Waki, 14, was struck by acute myeloid leukemia about a year ago. He had participated in the tourney several times when he was well and dived with his father, Dan. Michael once won a one-person kayak as a grand prize in a tourney drawing, but sold it and donated the money back.


john kark: almost there! July 20, 2009

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Joe Massow sent a message to the members of John Kark is going to kick cancer’s ass!!!


Hey everyone,
The end of the tunnel is near. Experimental chemo done today and the other will be done a couple of days later. Hopefully then everything is gone. The past couple of days has been rough on the guy. He had the the same thing happen this week as he did a couple of weeks ago. High fever(103), chills, and bone aches. He has been kinda out of it since Saturday night. He slept all day and night yesterday and most of the day today. Which is good because he needs sleep. He has only been sleeping a couple hours a night. All of these our the side effects of the chemo. But as my wife says the chemo is actually doing what it is supposed to do. Destroy everything. Last night it was pretty bad. They wanted again to move him to ICU, but he refused. He told them he would rather go home then stop the chemo. Thats the Johnny I know. The great Jim Valvano said it best “Don’t give up, Don’t ever give up!” I think that describes to the T our friend John. He doesn’t know the meaning of giving up. Never has. He pissed the doctors off, but he won. No ICU. His temp has dropped since then. Last time I texted him it was 101. As he said in his post ” John Kark is headed to the center of the ring” And so are all of us. He should have only a day or two more of hell and then hopefully smooth sailing the rest of the way. Its amazing to me how much fight this guy actually has and I know him best. I will have another report in a couple of days when I go up there on wednesday. It might be a short visit because even I don’t want to push him, plus I have to pick his laundry up. LOL. Until then I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the support he is receiving. I also want to thank everyone for respecting the no visitor rule. I know its hard and u all want to see him. I miss not seeing him myself. I went from seeing him 6 days a week to 2. But thats the price we have to pay if we want to keep him around a couple more years. After he is out we will have a big party at my house. Hell I will even cook a lamb. Love you all and I mean it!


run like a girl… with no shoes? July 18, 2009

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my very first pair of running shoes was a pair of new balance stability shoes from the running room. i remember wishing they had them in a nicer color – they were a werid navy blue all around the toe box with silver and green accents and i hated the way they looked. it was when i stopped caring about the way they looked and started noticing the way they made me feel during and after a run that i realized i was hooked on running.

after my new balances wore out, i switched to brooks adrenalines. i think that that time they were adrenaline 4’s. i ran in the 5’s the following season for my second marathon, and 6’s the next year for the last one. i’m running in 7’s now, because i figured if they’re working for me why not keep going with the same brand right? but maybe they aren’t working for me. or at least something isn’t – i’ve injured my knee/IT band a couple of times, and in my last marathon (2007) i had to walk the last 20 of the 26.2 miles because my knee starteed to hurt at

a few weeks back, my dad (who runs in barefoot mimicking Nike Frees) sent me this article which talks about the history of the running shoe industry. and it starts out like this:

Runners wearing top-of-the-line trainers are 123 per cent more likely to get injured than runners in cheap ones.

woah! seriously? so these expensive shoes that i buy year after year could actually be HURTING me rather than helping me? in general, i think my shoes have made a huge difference in my running, and i can tell the difference when i’m in the wrong shoe – i tend to injure myself and figure out right away when it’s the wrong pair!

today, here’s another article about how your running form is affected by barefoot running. pretty interesting stuff. not enough to make me change my habits yet – old habits die hard, right? – but it’s something to think about…


round 2 – john kark’s fight July 16, 2009

Filed under: john kark,leukemia information — Malia Yoshioka @ 9:05 am
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I finally started my second round of chemo after much delay. I had a bone marrow tap last Thursday to see how much cancer (myeloblasts) was left in my bone marrow. Chemo was supposed to start the following day but the doctors delayed me for a couple of reasons until today. During the week off chemo my blood counts were expected to recover which they did not leaving me with no immune system (neutropenic). I have been receiving red blood cell, hemoglobin and platelet transfusions in place of what my body should have been creating. I also had an infection in my jaw resurface due to being neutropenic. They have had me on constant antibiotics for preventive measures and I had a reaction to one of them complicating matters further. So the doctors have been apprehensive about starting chemo with all of these issues due to the risk of treatment.

think positive or else! (more…)


28% to goal! July 14, 2009

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as of today, i’m 28% of the way to my goal of $3,000 this season for the leukemia society. thanks so much for all of your help!

some other things that i’ll be needing help with this season:

1) volunteering your time – i’ll be at the coconut chase 8k this sunday as an aid station volunteer – if you’re free, come join me and help me earn $10/hr worked!

2) donate hawaiianmiles – if i can get enough donations in miles (right now i’m about 15,000 short) then the leukemia society doesn’t need to foot the bill for my airfare to the race in SF. this way more money goes to the charity! if you’ve got extra hawaiianmiles that you don’t need, please email me at and i’ll give you the info to transfer them!

3) entertainment books – preorder your 2010 book from me today! you can view the books and discounts at and buy a book from me for just $30. proceeds will go directly to the leukemia society! because i’m doing this as a fundraiser, i actually have early access to the books, which are valid up until NOVEMBER 2010! usually you just get a year to use them, but this way you’ll have a couple months’ extra time!

4) spread the word – pass along a link to this blog or to my fundraising page to your friends and family and let them know about the cause!

thanks again for all of your help, i really can’t do this without the support of my friends & family and your generosity is what keeps me going. we are making a difference!


what is leukemia? July 10, 2009

Filed under: leukemia information — Malia Yoshioka @ 11:18 am

I was searching for information on a particular type of Leukemia and came across this great page from Just wanted to share – as it answers a lot of common questions….

What is leukemia?

Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells. It starts in the bone marrow, the soft tissue inside most bones. Bone marrow is where blood cells are made.

When you are healthy, your bone marrow makes:

* White blood cells, which help your body fight infection.
* Red blood cells, which carry oxygen to all parts of your body.
* Platelets, which help your blood clot.

When you have leukemia, the bone marrow starts to make a lot of abnormal white blood cells, called leukemia cells. They don’t do the work of normal white blood cells, they grow faster than normal cells, and they don’t stop growing when they should.