Run Like a Girl!

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

time for a run November 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 11:43 am

a whole week after my 19-miler with karlee, and after pounds and pounds of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and pie, i FINALLY decided it was time to get up off my lazy butt and go for a run. dad and i did the 4 mile loop near our house in makawao and my nagging hip/knee pain finally cleared up. i think what i needed all along was to run it off.

honolulu marathon is 2 weeks from tomorrow! i’m still $300 short of my goal of $4,000 this season, so if you’d like to help out, click here.

unfortunately, my dad has been having problems with his knee and has decided not to run honolulu this year! it’s the end of his 12-year streak and i’m really sad that we won’t be running together for another marathon – we’ve done 3 side by side. but hopefully this year i’ll make him proud running it on my own. wish me luck!


three weeks of rest! November 22, 2009

Filed under: training — Malia Yoshioka @ 7:54 am

well not REALLY rest, but for the next three weeks we enter a period of training called “taper.” it’s pretty much the best part of the whole season! haha. it’s a chance for your body to soak in all the benefits from the hard work you’ve done all season, and rest up for the race! can you believe that three weeks from today i’ll be running in the honolulu marathon again? i sure can’t. it’s been a great season though, and i’m excited to see it through.

yesterday i woke up at 4am and had to start running at 4:30 in order to get to the 5am start at ala wai field. the rest of the group started there at 5 but i wanted to put in a couple miles early so i could end early at my house because one of my best friends was having a baby shower later in the morning and i didn’t want to be toooo late.

i had gone to bed pretty early (10ish?) but even still, getting up at 4am hurts. it’s so tempting to turn off the alarm! but i got up, popped some oatmeal in the microwave (my standard, pre-run meal!) and put on my running clothes, sunscreen, body glide (this stuff is magic – it prevents chafing on the long runs from your clothes rubbing against your body, blisters, etc.) and was out the door at 4:30 sharp.


official race photo November 18, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 8:00 am

i love this picture of karlee, leah, and me because you can see how much fun we were having...


John Kark – Better Than Expected November 12, 2009

Filed under: john kark,Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 8:28 am

The latest from my friend John… (Sorry I’m a few days late!) Also, since he posted this update the results came back from the Mayo clinic: he is 100% cancer free right now!! YAYYYYYYYY John!!!! =)

A lot of people have been asking me how things are going so I thought I would write a quick update. It has been about a month since I got out of the hospital and things are going better than expected. I am recovering faster than they see most patients recover with my situation and have been very active. I have my aches and pains, but nothing to complain about in comparison to earlier this summer. I have been doing a lot of hiking with my dog Otto and we are going on our first hunt of the season this Sunday.

I continue to visit the hospital every week for blood draws and testing. My blood counts were heading in the wrong direction a few weeks ago so they performed a bone marrow tap last week to see if the cancer was returning. The preliminary results came back showing no sign of cancer once again. They sent samples of my bone barrow to Mayo clinic for further testing. One test is to determine if there is any indication of cancer based on a chromosomal level. The other test is to measure the percentage of my stem cells still left in my body versus my brothers. The hope is that all of my stem cells are gone and my brothers remain. They expect those tests to come back with good results based on everything else.

I am still on a lot of medications but they are cutting down on the dosage as the weeks go by. I am experiencing some (GVHD) Graft Versus Host Disease. A rebel detachment of my brothers stem cells have decided to attack my eyes making it feel like I have pink eye. I called him yesterday and told him to radio his troops and tell them to lay off the friendly fire….so I expect things to clear up soon.

I have built back enough strength to where I feel that I am ready to walk back into the boxing gym and start moving around and throwing some punches. There is no better place to acquire the attitude that it takes to fight the challenges that life presents you. It is like a church. Round after round of hitting the bags can be therapeutic and reminds you that you can always fight back no matter what the situation.

Thank you all for your continued support, positive thoughts and encouraging words. Everyone’s encouragement has definitely helped me maintain my attitude throughout this fight. Put on whatever attitude it takes to face life’s challenges and appreciate every one of your days. Today, I am putting on the gloves and going to church.

– Kark


Festival of Giving Results and Training updates November 9, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 8:29 am

Just wanted to take a quick moment to thank those who purchased Festival of Giving Tickets for Ward Centers over the weekend! I was able to sell a total of 15 tickets, which equals $150 in donations to the Leukemia Society! Alicia and I worked at the free gift wrapping booth on Friday to kick off the event and although it seemed like most people already had purchased tickets, we did get a few people interested and were able to tell a little bit about LLS and TNT. It was a fun event. =) I’m now only $325 away from my goal of $4,000!! If you’d like to make a donation to help me inch closer, please click here.


ashley, karlee and i in the middle of 13 miles on a beautiful saturday!

Training has been going well! Last weekend Karlee and I got a suprise visit from Coach Julie, who did our 14 miler with us, and provided mimosas at the end!! (What a great coach, right??) Not to mention that she was racing the following day in the Val Nolasco half marathon! She’s awesome!! =) This week we’re doing 16 and next week will be the longest run of the season – 18 or 20 (depending on how this week goes)… after that we start taper. Tapering down your mileage is important to allow your muscles to recover from the hardest training and to rest up for the marathon itself… Less than 5 weeks to go already, thank you for your continued support!


another success story November 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 8:21 am

John Haluck became part of the LLS family almost a decade ago. He is now a trustee of the Greater Sacramento Area chapter and is not only a survivor but is a huge supporter of LLS.

When I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2000, I was no stranger to leukemia, having lost a good friend to the disease. Still, going in for a routine physical and finding out I had an “incurable” form of cancer was a massive shock to both me and my family. I looked at my three kids and I wondered if I would be around to see any of them graduate from college or get married. It was the worst weekend of my life.

My doctor recommended a “watch and wait” approach, since my form of leukemia was chronic, not acute, and some people have lived twenty years with CLL.

However, my cancer progressed much faster than my hematologist predicted. By 2004, he recommended that I start chemotherapy soon as the cancerous lymphocytes were increasing in number and could cause a stroke. He told me that there was no hope for a cure and advised me against looking for a clinical trial.

By this time, I was volunteering with my local chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, chairing and helping organize the annual Light The Night Walk. I also learned about a doctor, who has been funded by LLS, who does leading edge research in CLL – Michael Keating, M.D., at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. I contacted him and heard back immediately – he would see me as soon as I was ready.

The morning after the Light The Night Walk, I boarded a Southwest flight for Houston. After a battery of tests, I waited to see Dr. Keating. In walked this big, burly man (a rugby player, no less) who grabbed my hand and then gave me a big bear-hug. To my surprise, he said, “John, I think that we have a very promising treatment for you!”

I called my wife, who flew in, and I started a clinical trial the next day of a new targeted drug, Rituxan®, which was developed with the help of funding from LLS. The rest is history. After four days of chemotherapy, my white cell count had dropped to normal! A week later, the lumpy cancerous lymphocytes had disappeared from my lymph nodes. It was happening just as Dr. Keating had predicted.

Now I’ve had 53 months in complete remission. I feel a debt of gratitude to Dr. Keating and LLS, whose funding helped make Rituxan a reality. I have my life, and am able to enjoy it. And I have hope!

— John Haluck