After a Hilly Marathon Challenge, the documentary seeds begin to grow!

On August 3rd, I faced the biggest physical challenge of my life: running the San Francisco Marathon! The training was both grueling & exhiliarating, with each Saturday long run a new achievement in distance for me. Before I started training 4 months prior, I had never run over 8 miles, and the distance of 26.2 miles is more than 3x that amount. During my last 22-mile training run, I truly needed to muster up every bit of strength to just keep moving.

I ran to raise funds for a documentary on a young woman named Erica Murray. Erica has been facing even larger hurdles in her life with determination, strength and a great sense of humor. Yes, Erica has already run a marathon. But what she’s facing is an arduous challenge much longer than 4 or 5 hours. Erica is living with leukemia, and for the past 2.5 years has persisted through indescribable lengthy and painful treatments of chemo and radiation. She’s 29, and Eurasian, just like me, and this roadblock in her life is simply unfair. Just weeks ago, Erica finally received a necessary bone marrow transplant for her life. As a bi-racial individual, the search for the right donor was a difficult process, because very few minorities and mixed-race people have registered to donate their bone marrow stem cells.

On August 3rd, cheered on by Erica and friends, my husband Rowan and I crossed the finish line after hours of running!

THANK YOU to all who supported me in numerous ways: with your presence on the day to cheer me on, your generous donations to this project, and your kind words of support.
We met our marathon fundraising goal of $2000! Your financial support will provide the necessary seed funds to help bring this important documentary to life.  100% of the money will go towards the making of this documentary.

After a few months of filming, Erica has come on board as a co-producer!  This documentary intimately reveals what it’s like to live with leukemia as a young, passionate and driven woman — and how you can help. We aim to bring awareness to the desperate need for bone marrow stem cell donations for leukemia patients, and specifically to compel people of mixed race and minority descent, to register to donate their bone marrow stem cells. This is now a VERY easy process that can save the life of someone with leukemia.

My personal motivation to run a marathon is my uncle Hiroshi, who ran his 50th marathon on his 70th birthday last year. At 70, he is healthy, happy, active, and still excelling in his career (launching a new green bio-tech company). He looks (and acts) like he is 45. Since I have some of his genes, I wanted to at least be able to run one marathon at age 30! He has shown me how important exercise is to health and well-being.

In addition, my father has become very active ever since retirement. During the week of 8-8-08, while the Olympians competed in Beijing, he completed The Oregon Bike Ride, a 500-mile endeavor, and continues to challenge himself on the bike! Go Dad! I’m proud of you!