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TNT’s “Spatique” at LuluLemon Ala Moana – Thurs 5/27 May 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 12:28 pm

Train with Team In Training for the Nike Women's Marathon - October 17, 2010

Join us on May 27 at our Team In Training “Spatique”!


We’re having a “Spatique” and you’re invited! You could be the lucky winner of a Tiffany necklace!

Come join the fun at the TNT “Spatique”
Where: Lululemon, Ala Moana Center
When: Thursday, May 27, 6pm to 8pm
What: Visit the TNT info station, join the team, enjoy a fun Lululemon fashion show, dip something yummy into our chocolate fondue fountain, and maybe you’ll win a Tiffany necklace!

Earn entries into the drawing for a Tiffany necklace!

  • Join TNT to do any Fall Season event (Nike Women’s Marathon, Kauai Marathon or Honolulu Century) and you automatically get one entry into the Tiffany drawing!
  • Attend the “Spatique” at Lululemon on Thursday, May 27 and get another entry!
  • Recruit your friends to join the team – – you get one entry for each of your friends who joins TNT!
  • Must be present to win!

The Team In Training Difference

Only TNT gives you a team of people and hands-on support for all the things you need to know to achieve your goals- clinics on topics like gear and apparel, injury prevention, nutrition; and how to continually refine your athletic technique.  Certified coaches, mentors and trained staff will keep you on track, with group training opportunities throughout each week.  As you train, you’ll raise funds for lifesaving research and treatment advances for cancer patients around the world-and our fundraising experts will help you there, too.  The rest of your team-your teammates, will make sure you won’t give up-together we train to beat cancer.

RSVP now – change your life, and make a difference!


help me sell my SUP! May 20, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 4:35 pm

I had to drop the price again on my coors light SUP (standup paddleboard)… it’s currently posted on craigslist at $850 or best offer. it’s valued at $1400 so this is really good deal! i’m planning on donating $200 to the leukemia society if it sells for $800 or more, or 25% of the selling price if it goes for under $800. please pass along the word for me… pictures and detailed captions can be found here. Thank you!


$600 down, SUPs, and upcoming events… May 15, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 7:54 pm

Mahalo to those who came out to support Macy’s Community Shopping Day today! I was able to sell 10 tickets, for a total of $100 raised for the Leukemia Society. I hope you all made it down to Macy’s – I had to pick up a couple of things and every time I went to the register the items were on sale even more than what was posted – I got more than 50% off every time! Can’t beat those deals, and hopefully one of us will be the lucky winner of the $500 gift card drawing!

Speaking of luck, this week I won a custom shaped stand-up paddleboard courtesy of Coors Light!

custom coors light SUP by keoki

Because I won’t have use for a SUP myself, I’ve decided to put it on sale – and to give $200 of the proceeds to the Leukemia Society. So if you, or anyone you know, would like to buy a one of a kind SUP shaped by keoki ching, please let me know! The board is brand new and has a value of $1400. I have it on craigslist right now for $1200 but will take all offers into consideration! Click here for more pictures and details. The dimensions are 10’5″ x 29″ x 4 3/8″.

I’m also working on a bunch of fundraisers which include fun stuff for everyone including pizza, treasure hunting, and wine! (not all at the same time!) hehe… stay tuned!


live for today May 13, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 7:43 am

sometimes i think that people (myself included!) forget that the money we are raising in campaigns like this one are not only for those who are dying each day of blood cancers, but also for those who are LIVING and fighting that battle day by day. yes, finding a cure for cancer is the ultimate goal, but a lot of the research being done by the leukemia society and other organizations is also to help patients with blood cancers to live longer, more comfortable lives.

just the other day, i got to meet a friend of a friend here in honolulu who is fighting a type of leukemia which is pretty rare in adults called ALL. i’m trying to help her connect with a program run by the leukemia society called first connection. this program matches up survivors with those who are newly diagnosed – it’s a way for them to share experiences and get answers to the questions that come up when you are faced with such a life-changing diagnosis.

you may only have a vague idea of where the money you are giving goes, but please know that i believe in this organization and the programs they fund. i’ve met many amazing survivors through my work with the leukemia society, and i’ve heard through their own words what a difference we are making.

if you’d like to help, please visit my website at if you have questions or maybe an idea for how to collaborate on a fundraiser, please email me at some businesses in the past have donated a portion of sales to our charity, i’ve helped drive traffic to events, we’ve had garage sales, movie nights, and more… i can use all the help i can get to make my goal of $5,000 this year. THANK YOU for your support!! =)


where your donation goes… May 11, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 6:44 am

Here’s some info from the LLS newsletter I received this morning… just an example of the research being funded by the money we are raising for the Leukemia Society. Leukemia research benefits other types of cancer as well, as we search for the ultimate cure to end all cancer!

Thanks to your donations, I’m up to 8% of my goal of $5,000 for this year! If you’d like to help, please visit my website at You can also email me at if you’d like to purchase a ticket for this Saturday’s Macy’s Community Shopping day – your $10 donation goes straight to the Leukemia Society! Mahalo! =)

Dear Friend of LLS:

I am pleased to share exciting news about Larry Kwak, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Dr. Kwak was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” for his role in advancing custom-made vaccines for patients with lymphoma.

Dr. Kwak, professor and chair of the Department of Lymphoma and Myeloma at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, has focused his work on harnessing the power of the immune system of patients with follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to fight their cancer. The vaccines are developed by taking proteins from the patient’s own tumor, training them to find and kill lymphoma cells and then injecting them back into the patient. Currently in late stage clinical trials, the vaccines have been shown to extend disease-free survival for more than a year.

In 2007, LLS awarded Dr. Kwak a five-year, $6.25 million Specialized Center of Research grant, our most prestigious research award. These grants are distinctive in that they encourage at least three laboratories at the same or different institutions to work together. In addition to continuing his work on the personalized lymphoma vaccines, this grant is enabling Dr. Kwak to expand his research to develop immunotherapies for patients with leukemia and myeloma as well.

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Kwak has been on the cutting edge of researching and developing novel immunotherapies that are already showing a clear benefit for patients with cancer. We are proud of Dr. Kwak’s well-deserved recognition and are honored to have played a role in helping to advance this life-saving work.

To read more about Dr. Kwak’s inclusion in the “2010 Time 100” please visit Time Magazine’s website, and to learn more about our Research programs visit Please join us in taking pride in Dr. Kwak’s achievements.


John E. Walter
John E. Walter
President & CEO


SAT 5/15 – Macy’s Community Shopping Day! May 6, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 10:40 am

Here’s a great deal that’s coming up next weekend! For a $10 donation, you will get a ticket to Macy’s Community Shopping day, which gives you 10-20% off most items in the store, plus $10 off a $25 purchase! (So it pays for itself right there!) 100% of my ticket sales go to the Leukemia Society, so if you would like to buy one or are able to help me sell any, please let me know ASAP. Email me at ASAP I can send them to you in the mail or arrange to get them to you in time to shop on 5/15!

The fine print:


Community Shopping Day is charity shopping day event that offers the opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to raise funds in their communities.

This event is implemented in select stores in the Macy’s Northwest and Southwest trading areas. This spring, Community Shopping Day will be held May 15, 2010, in:

* California Locations: Del Amo Fashion Square, Torrance; Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks; Fashion Valley, San Diego; Galleria, Roseville; South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa; Stoneridge, Pleasanton; Town Center, Palm Desert; Stanford Town Center, Palo Alto; Union Square, San Francisco; Valley Fair, Santa Clara; Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
* Hawaii Locations: Ala Moana, Honolulu
* Nevada Locations: Fashion Show, Las Vegas; Meadowood, Reno
* Oregon Locations: Washington Square, Tigard
* Washington Locations: Bellevue

How it works:

Qualifying nonprofits earn funds through the direct sales of Community Shopping Day tickets by keeping 100% of the proceeds.

During Community Shopping Day, customers will enjoy special happenings throughout the store, and will receive an exclusive 10 to 20 percent discount on almost all purchases, plus an additional $10 off of one purchase of $25 or more.

Tickets have three sections:

1. Reusable discount: The main portion of the ticket is to be kept by the customer so they may enjoy the ticket’s discount repeatedly during the event date. Ticket may also be shown if pre-selecting merchandise between May 5 – 14; pre-selected merchandise is rung up on 5/15. The ticket discounts apply to regular, sale and clearance merchandise. See the ticket for a list of exclusions.
2. Savings Certificate: The “Savings Certificate” is a perforated coupon in the center of the ticket that offers a $10 savings on any single purchase of $25 or more on Community Shopping Day (cannot be combined with the ticket’s 10 to 20% discount).
3. Enter For a Chance to Win: This perforated stub at the bottom of the ticket allows customers to enter a drawing for a chance to win a $500 Macy’s shopping spree (must be returned on event day at the specially designated turn-in table). Charities should stamp their name on this portion prior to distributing tickets; this is how Macy’s tracks store attendance by charity.


Run for a Cure! May 5, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 12:00 pm

It’s that time of year again! I will be running once again in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and the Honolulu Marathon (26.2 miles) to raise funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year, I will be running in memory of my friend John Kark who finally lost his second battle with Leukemia on April 10. For those of you who have been following my fundraising the past 5 years, you’ll know what a great inspiration John has been to me, as well as to anyone who knew him. His positive outlook and fighting spirit were constant reminders for me during my training of the real impact that these funds have on real people living with blood cancers. I am truly honored to have called him a friend. I have pledged this year to raise $5,000 in his memory.

Ways you can help:

1. Visit my fundraising page at to make a secure donation via credit card.
2. If you have a HawaiianMiles account with extra miles to spare, let me know – by using miles to pay for my flight to San Francisco in October, more $ goes to the Leukemia Society.
3. Purchase a Macy’s Community Shopping day ticket from me for $10 or help sell them at your office, school, or church. Your donation gets you discounts next Saturday 5/15 at Macy’s Ala Moana, including $10 off a $25 purchase so it pays for itself! And 100% of my ticket sales go to the Leukemia Society.
4. Volunteer your time – on Sunday 6/6 from 5am-9am I’m going to be helping out with an aid station at the Hibiscus Half Marathon. Round up a few friends and come down to help me pass out water and Gatorade to thirsty runners and your efforts raise $10/hr worked for the Leukemia Society!
5. If you have a business and would like to collaborate on a fundraiser idea, please let me know! I’m always looking for new ways to get the word out!

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 replying here or as a comment on the donation page. I’d be honored to run for them as well!

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Much aloha,
Malia =)