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Give 5, Take 5, Send 5 September 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 2:31 pm

Hi Friends & Family!

We’re really in the homestretch now, less than 3 weeks to go til our race. I’m now only $175 away from my goal of $3,000 for the Leukemia Society and training is going great! Last weekend I actually passed the half marathon distance – I ran with my coaches and teammates and we completed 15 miles, running for just over 3 hours, and I had no knee pain after! So I’m ready for the race, and I just need to wrap up the fundraising now! Again, thank you SO MUCH for all of your support and encouragement this year – it means the world to me to have you all following along on this journey once again.

The title of my email was Give 5, Take 5, Send 5 because I’m asking that:

GIVE 5: if you can afford to give just $5, you can make your donation online with a credit card at – it all adds up!

TAKE 5: Take just five minutes of your time and…

SEND 5: Send this email along to just 5 friends, family, coworkers, etc.

Leukemia research is actually leading to breakthroughs with other forms of cancer as well, which is part of the reason that I am so passionate about this cause. Every mile I run, every dollar we raise, we are all moving closer to a cure for cancer, the ultimate finish line! Also, if you have a family member, friend, or loved one who’s been affected by leukemia, please feel free to let me know by leaving a comment here or on the donation page. A friend of mine is designing a necklace for me to wear that will be a reminder of all of those who I’ve dedicated this race to and I’d be honored to have your loved one included as well.

Thanks again!
Malia =)

P.S. It’s not too late for entertainment books! You can order 2010 books for all 50 states at and the proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They’ll make great Christmas gifts this year!


we’ve gone high tech! September 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 10:11 pm

this year at the nike women’s marathon, you have the option to sign up to track a runner live during the race via text message updates! how cool is that? i love it!

if you’re interested and don’t mind forking over $3, sign up here to receive 4-6 text messages on my split times while the race is in progress, plus a summary at the end! i guess i can’t lie about my time, huh?


hopefully i won’t need to be ashamed of my time this year though, as training has been going really well! over the past weekend i completed a 15 mile run with karlee, coach julie, coach mike, and alicia! for the first time i didn’t rely on the walk/run intervals that i’ve always trained with, and i was actually able to run consistently for the whole time! i’ve got until the end of october to decide whether i’m gonna sign up for the full honolulu marathon this year and i’m leaning towards doing it! we’ll see how san fran goes… =)


when did running become fun? September 16, 2009

Filed under: general,TNT,training — Malia Yoshioka @ 8:29 am

i remember when i first started running in 2005, my only goal was to finish the honolulu marathon. i signed up for team in training and dilligently logged my miles every week in order to get into shape so i could accompany my dad from start to finish. for him, it was a different story – it always seemed to me like running came effortlessly to my dad. he’d go out in the afternoon for a 4 mile run upcountry with his ipod, and come back before dinner to tell us about the dog that ran a mile with him, or the new cows that had been born near the old dairy. he’d stop to pick up coins whenever he’d come across them on the ground, judging a “good day” by whether he found more cents than the number of miles he’d run. (finding a quarter made it a VERY good day!) to me, running was an item on my to-do list, a chore. to my dad, it seemed a fun part of his daily routine.

i’ve never understood that til now. four years later, three marathons, three half marathons, and countless miles under my belt, i think i’ve finally gotten to the point where running is enjoyable. ironically, i’m in the best shape for running that i’ve ever been, and my pace has been slowly creeping faster and faster over the years. according to my latest nike plus sensor, i’ve run over 200 miles over 40 workouts, logging over 45 hours and burning more than 18,000 calories! and my first sensor had even more miles on it… who would have thought?

this morning i decided to take a different route for my run. lately i’ve been enjoying trying out new paths or checking out the scenery, people watching, or just kind of zoning out and letting my mind wander. today i did all of the above… instead of doing my normal loop around diamond head, i decided to go through waikiki. at 6:30am its really interesting to see the mix of characters either just getting up (lots of runners!) or perhaps just getting to bed. i had planned to run along the ala wai again but the sun was just too bright and i ducked back into the shadows of the hotels on kuhio avenue instead, taking the long way home.

for me, running has become more about the journey than the destination or even the number of miles. i don’t know when this subtle shift happened, but i won’t question it – i’m simply here to enjoy the ride…


eat CPK today to benefit the Leukemia Society! September 15, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 9:19 am

Yup, it’s another fundraiser where all you have to do is put your money where your mouth is! Yum! =)

My teammate, Karlee, is having a fundraiser all day today (Tuesday, Sept 15) where 20% of any order at California Pizza Kitchen’s Ala Moana location benefits the Leukemia Society! All you have to do is turn in this flyer with your order, and it works for both lunch and dinner, dine in or take out, all day today!! How easy (and delicious) is that?

Menu information for CPK can be found here if you’d like to get your taste buds excited! I’ll be running at Ala Moana, then heading over to CPK about 7pm-ish for dinner… hope to see you there!


John Kark: National Lymphoma Awareness Day

Filed under: john kark,Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 6:31 am

John recently had his stem cell transplant and I’ve been thinking about him on my runs, trying to send positive vibes his way… He’s still got as much fighting spirit as ever, and took the time to write this note today:

I would first like to thank everyone for supporting Chicago Fight Club and Joe Massow in our effort to raise money for the Walter Payton Cancer Fund. Joe Ran the race in about 1 hour and 16 minutes and we raised over $1000 in just 4 days. Your contributions are much appreciated and made a difference.

I would also like everyone to recognize that today is National Lymphoma Awareness Day. Lymphoma is a blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system and was my first opponent in fighting cancer. I was diagnosed in the year 2000 with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma and had an inoperable tumor in the upper part of my spine. I received 6 months of intensive chemotherapy and a month of radiation through my throat to reach the tumor. I have been in remission ever since.

The AML leukemia that I fight today is a side effect of the treatment that I had for the lymphoma. It is the result of great research that is developing new treatments and drugs to avoid such side effects when treating lymphoma and some of my close friends have successfully received such treatments. As many of you know, I have benefited during my fight with AML from an experimental drug that was the direct result of research dollars relieved through donations. Without such treatment, I would not be here today to write this letter.

If you did not have a chance to donate to the Walter Payton Cancer Fund last week I encourage you to give what you can to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They are a great organization that accounts for much of the funding that has led to ground breaking developments in fighting leukemia and lymphoma.

The ladies of Chicago Fight Club: Mindy Birdsell, Iris Davis, Jackie Christian and Gretchen Wroblewski and others that they have recruited, will be representing Chicago Fight Club in raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by participating this weekend in the NW Indiana Light The Night Walk at Lake County Fair Grounds on September 20, 2009.

Please donate whatever you can to support their effort to fight blood cancers by visiting their donation page:

Give what you can, no matter how small makes a big difference!

Thank You For Your Support,

John Kark


John Kark: Operation Transplant – First Force Recon September 10, 2009

Filed under: john kark — Malia Yoshioka @ 8:21 am
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September 10, 2009

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

Subject: Operation Transplant – First Force Recon

Round 3 of chemo was a high dose treatment that was predicted to be the toughest round of all. I am thrilled to report that I floated through the round effortlessly like Mohammad Ali when he would be way up on the score cards. I experienced no fevers, rigors, tremors, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dehydration, mouth sores, infections, drug rashes, bone pain, congestion, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, weight loss or seizures.

I had two days of rest after the high dose chemo and the stem cell transplant is scheduled for today. The doctors tell me that this will be the most risky and challenging stage of the treatment but I fear not. My brothers USMC combat trained stem cells have been frozen waiting to be deployed and called into action. My brother Frank said to give him a call when they start the transfusion so he can give the battle order to fix bayonets and attack!

The whole process is actually pretty tricky. Once the donor cells are in my body they will “engraft” and turn into white and red blood cells and platelets. These cells may recognize my body as being foreign and start to attack my vital organs. This is called Graft Versus Host Diseases (GVHD) and happens about 50% of the time. They will be administering medications to help prevent this dangerous process and try to protect my vital organs.

As bad as that sounds there is a positive side to the aggressiveness of my brothers hardcore Marine stem cells. It is called Graft Versus Tumor (GVT) effect, or in my case Graft Versus Leukemia. If my brothers cells are aggressive enough to attack me, then they will also recognize the cancer cells as being foreign and attack them also. In cases where GVHD doesn’t occur, neither does GVT, which results in an unsuccessful treatment. So the bottom line is we can’t have a bunch of peace loving hippie stem cells floating around my body with no purpose. I am confident that my brothers USMC stem cells of First Force Recon will be aggressive and get the job done. Semper Fi!

After the transplant I could be out the hospital in weeks or months depending on how this internal battle plays out. It is all about managing the side effects of the GVHD which will be similar to those that were expected with the high dose chemo. Once again, my immune system and counts will be wiped out for some time limiting visitors and they must recover again before I can go home. But I do expect to finish this battle in weeks rather than months.

Expect good things,

– Kark

“You know, I am sure, that not numbers or strength brings victory in war; but whichever army goes into battle stronger in soul, their enemies generally cannot withstand them.”

– Xenophon (430 – 355 B.C.)