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Recent Breakthroughs in Leukemia Research August 12, 2011

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

Many of you might have seen the extensive national media coverage of the encouraging results of studies conducted by one of our renowned grant recipients, Carl June, MD, of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The studies, published in The New England Journal of Medicine and Science Translational Medicine, demonstrate the use of gene transfer therapy to create T-cells that can kill cancer cells. The papers reported that two patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia achieved full remission and one achieved partial remission through this therapy.

While these are indeed exciting findings, we should bear in mind that these are very preliminary results – this was a Phase I trial involving only three patients. But we should all keep our fingers crossed that these results will continue with the Phase II trial!

LLS has played a vital role in advancing the critical work of Dr. June and all of the members of his team with an investment totaling nearly $15 million. LLS has funded Dr. June in various capacities since 1998, and other members of his team began receiving LLS funding as far back as 1992. Our funding has afforded June’s team the opportunity to pursue this innovative approach to treating patients with blood cancers.

This is exciting news on a national level, but even just here in Hawaii the funds we are raising are making a difference! A researcher in Hawaii has recently been approved for a $500,000 grant over a 5 year period. This is exciting news for our local chapter – we raise enough to help fund this important research and as you can see, new studies and treatments are being developed all the time. Techniques developed in Leukemia research frequently are used for treating other types of cancers as well.

So you are making a difference! MAHALO!!! =)

If you haven’t made a donation and would like to, please visit my webpage here or visit my page on current and upcoming fundraisers for more ways you can help!


Mango Days August 4, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 8:40 pm

One of my teammates, Kit Smith, is truly an inspiration to just about anyone he meets. He runs with a smile – always! – and even raced the Boston Marathon last year in a 4:15!! There was an awesome article written about him recently, which talks about the Mango Days 5k which is coming up this weekend.

From the article: race, in particular, has a deep, personal meaning for him. It’s the Mango Days 5K race coming up on August 7, a benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

This one is run in honor of Kit’s daughter, Patty, who died in June 1981, from malignant non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. A Punahou graduate, Patty had just started her freshman year at Stanford University when she lost her battle with cancer.

As an aspiring writer, Patty had kept a journal up until the time of her death. Kit and his wife, Margie, compiled these journal entries and published Patty’s “Mango Days” in 1993 — a painful, yet uplifting account of a teenager battling for her life.

“In 2003, the Mango Days 5K race was started by Neil Voje, a runner in our Team in Training program, who had read the book, and was inspired to create a fundraiser for the Society,” explained Jen McVeay, Hawaii branch director of LLS.

According to Kit, Patty was not among the fastest runners, but she had a passion for the sport. At age 17, she ran the Honolulu Marathon, not knowing at the time that she had been running with at least two tumors and would be diagnosed about three months later.

You can read by clicking here. And sign up for the Mango Days 5K here.