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Message from Emiko
Jan 23, 2014 by Michael Rinaldi

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Jan 09, 2014 by Michael Rinaldi

Mom made solid progress in recovery from her bone marrow transplant.  She was discharged from the hospital two weeks ahead of schedule!  From here it's monitoring every other day for 3 months.....and for her to be considered "cured" requires the cancer stay gone for five years......but when considering all the possible scenarios we could be in right now.... I'm liking the one we are in.  Thank you again for your positive thoughts and concern.  

 

 

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Emiko's Page
Jan 07, 2014

 

This is the first picture of my mother, Emiko, after being discharged out of Walter Reed National Medical Center. This is after 10 days of 24/7 chemotherapy.

 

Over 4th of July weekend I was in Chicago visiting family and hoping to start a video diary of my family after seeing the movie "56 Up". I was going to ask questions like future goals, biggest regrets in life...stuff like that. As luck would have it I didn't have the correct microphone so I figured ok, I'll just do it the next time I see them and I remember thinking, I hope nothing happens inbetween now and then (whenever that would be). Then sure enough 34 days later I get a call from my father Thursday night that my mother had been admitted to the hospital due to being diagnosed with cancer. Apparently her white blood cell count was so low they admitted her immediately. At that point she was given three options:

 

1) Aggressive chemo to try to eliminate the cancer immediately which involved a 20% chance she wouldn't survive the chemotherapy.

2) Palliative chemo which would keep the cancer in check and prolong her life 5 years

3) No treatment and survive another 1-3 months.

 

Fortunately in true Rinaldi fashion she went all in and chose option 1. I am the eldest child and pretty worthless when it comes to producing grandchildren. My sisters on the other are picking up the slack. Maria has two children and Cynthia has one. Those kids are like catnip for my mom....so no......now is not a particularly good time for all this. Not to mention she didn't feel sick. This was a routine blood test she does every six months just because...and oh by the way, we can't let you go home because you have cancer and one to three months to live.

 

I flew out to Washington DC to see her not really knowing what to expect. I got there the day they started the chemo. She would receive 10 days of it. Three days of the "red devil" which is a red liquid they pump into your system that apparently can burn your skin to the touch and has some pretty major side effects. Every morning at 9 were the rounds and those were particularly stressful. Talk about feeling powerless. You are at the mercy of these abstract numbers to these words that you have no idea what they mean...and this after they've explained it half a dozen times. I can't imagine what my mom who's native language is Japanese was thinking....but she was a trooper staying positive, literally doing calisthetics in the corner of her room when she had the energy. So she survived the aggressive chemotherapy and THEN we had to wait to see if her body would start producing white blood cells again....which after a nervous 3 days we got the good news that the doctors were discharging her home.

Zach (2 years old)

 

Abigail (2 months old)

 

Rocco (1 day old)

 

Based on my mother's initial prognosis there was a chance she would not be alive to see Rocco who was born on Oct 14, 2014 which brings us to why this page. My family is very aware of how fortunate we are that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) exists to continue researching treatments to improve outcomes and support the quality of life for patients with cancer. I wanted to support a race that donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and I ended up finding something better. I found Team in Training. I’m participating in a sports endurance event as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training along with my sister Karen to raise funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. I purposely selected a marathon because I've done several half-marathons and I want this to be a challenge. I've signed up for two full marathons (2009 & 2012) in the past and my right heel has always been a problem to the point would have to stop training 4-8 weeks before the race. I'm hoping with your support and a new focus I will be succesful this time around.

 

 

In Japanese culture, the number eight is considered a lucky number and is also my mother's favorite number. This is because of the shape of the kanji character for eight. The two strokes are wider at the bottom, suggesting a better time or better things to come in the future.

 

Please make a donation for $8.88 (or any multiple of $8) in support of our efforts with Team In Training and to help advance the research for cures.

 

 

Karen and I before the Red Rock Half Marathon in Las Vegas in 2010. She is running the NYC Marathon on November 3rd AND the Rock N Roll Half-Marathon in Phoenix January 19th. I'm running the Tucson Half Marathon December 7th AND the Rock N Roll Marathon in Phoenix January 19th. My friend of 24 years Jeff Marrah will be running by my side. Due to the timing of my mother's treatments my parents will not be able to attend...but that doesn't mean you can't!  The more the merrier so please join in if you can.

And now a word from my sister Karen.

 

The last thing I thought my dad would be calling about is my mother being diagnosed with Leukemia. She was 65 and very healthly. I had sent my parents an email that morning and thought it was a little strange that my mom had not responded. if you know her, she is always on email. When I got the news I was in shock, I was confused, scared, i was sad, and really not even sure how to go on. I called her immediately in tears and to my surprise she sounded well. She was stronger than I was. She told me she was going to make it and do her best to survive the treatments. I realized then that is not the reaction that is needed. I need to be strong for my mom and think positive. This is the reason I'm here, her cancer was caught at a very early stage and was caught through a routine checkup. We are very fortunate and would not happen if research wasn't constantly being done. I'm asking you to donate $8.88 and also pass this along to anyone that has been effected. Much love to you all!

 

For updates on Emiko's status, please check back here.

 

For updates on Michael's training, please click on https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1112776029&fref=ts

 

For updates on Karen's training, please click on https://www.facebook.com/karen.rinaldi.397?fref=ts

 

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Supporter Comments

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    "So sorry to hear about your mom getting sick. If you need anything please let us know. We are now in the DC area. Good luck with the run."
     

    Christopher & Jennifer Lingard

    Thu Sep 12 11:04:50 EDT 2013

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    "Go Karen and Michael!"
     

    Jason Chi

    Fri Sep 13 09:16:38 EDT 2013

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    "For you and your crusade, Mike. Prayers are with you and your family. "
     

    Todd Sellers

    Fri Sep 13 06:37:44 EDT 2013

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    "Nothing but love. "
     

    Jeff and Bridget Marrah

    Sat Sep 14 11:58:43 EDT 2013

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    "We're sad to hear about your battle but think positive in the outcome. Your children inspire others by their "marathon" effort in fund drive. Our very best... Cindy and Gene Van Deventer"
     

    Cindy & Gene Van Deventer

    Sat Sep 14 08:13:00 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck Karen and Michael! And, best wishes for your mother's health and continued strength of character!"
     

    brian hwang

    Mon Sep 16 09:20:24 EDT 2013

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    "Thoughts and prayers to you and your family Mike! Hope you are doing well and hope to see you soon. Jay Murdock (and Family)"
     

    Jay Murdock & Family

    Mon Sep 16 03:10:50 EDT 2013

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    "If I could do anything in the world, I would cure cancer. Working in a medical facility has shed a new light on how precious each day is. Live each day to the fullest and have no regrets. Much love to you all."
     

    Jill Packer

    Tue Sep 17 08:27:14 EDT 2013

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    "We are so proud of you for doing this training and setting up this website! We wish you and Karen to have a great race."
     

    Robert Rinaldi

    Tue Sep 17 09:24:44 EDT 2013

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    "Our thoughts are with your family while your Mom is kicking cancer's ass. - Marc and Kate J."
     

    Kate Johansen

    Tue Sep 17 11:50:42 EDT 2013

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    "Go Karen and Michael!!! All of our love and support goes out to the Rinaldi Family!! xoxo, The Brooklyn Stones (and Maebe...duh)"
     

    The Brooklyn Stones

    Tue Sep 17 04:57:44 EDT 2013

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    "All the best wishes to you and your mom :)"
     

    Lauren from the TNT El Tour Team!

    Wed Sep 18 05:31:46 EDT 2013

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    "Sending your family healing thoughts.....Your parents are so cute!This is going to be your marathon. "
     

    Tamiko anad Jim Olson

    Tue Oct 01 10:25:54 EDT 2013

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    "Congrats from WIN Detergent!!!"
     

    WIN Detergent

    Wed Nov 06 03:32:22 EST 2013

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    "Go the Rinaldis!!"
     

    Shiho Yamamoto

    Fri Nov 08 03:25:04 EST 2013

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    "Get well Emiko Rinaldi... We will be praying for you."
     

    Amerita Hamlet

    Tue Dec 10 06:13:44 EST 2013

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    "I wish you, your family, and especially your mother, all the best and hope that things do go well. Thank you and Karen for your participation."
     

    Cindy Guenthner

    Mon Dec 30 03:33:45 EST 2013

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    "Life is precious."
     

    Anonymous

    Thu Jan 09 01:17:58 EST 2014

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    "To support you, your mom, your family and all those working to find a cure!"
     

    Todd Peabody

    Thu Jan 16 09:54:52 EST 2014

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    "SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR MOM BEING SICK. GOOD LUCK IN YOUR EVENT. -JACK"
     

    Jack Waybright

    Sat Jan 18 09:01:04 EST 2014

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    "I honor our friendship Mike and pray that your mother gets well. "
     

    Todd McWhorter

    Mon Jan 20 11:31:43 EST 2014

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    "C'MON PEOPLE! ALMOST THERE! "
     

    Sean Easley

    Tue Jan 21 06:49:59 EST 2014

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    "Wishing your mother well. Bert and Gudi"
     

    Bert Gegner

    Tue Jan 21 06:58:05 EST 2014

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    "To Mike, Mrs Rinaldi and family. You all Rock. Cancer has been defeated by the Rinaldi Family! "
     

    Paul Kim

    Tue Jan 21 11:09:56 EST 2014

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    "Way to go Michael and even more so Mama Rinaldi for fighting just as hard!"
     

    Courtney Waldron

    Sat Jan 25 09:56:41 EST 2014

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    "I'm late. I'm so sorry. I hope the money can still be used to help. Take care and best of luck. You are doing a very good thing, Mike. Love, Michelle and Joe"
     

    Michelle Vecchio

    Sat Jan 25 07:33:51 EST 2014

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    "Way to beat the odds, Mrs. Rinaldi! Mike, you are a special person!"
     

    David Stanley

    Sun Jan 26 04:57:30 EST 2014

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    "Three's a charm and your request $8.88 so I hope this bring three times the power to you, your family and everyone else's heart that you have touch with your amazing personal journey. You will always be a good and dear friend. "
     

    Bruce Yoshida

    Tue Feb 04 11:47:01 EST 2014

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    "My donation is in honor of Emiko Rinaldi and my late niece, Jacque Begay."
     

    Priscilla Coutu

    Thu Feb 06 10:59:53 EST 2014

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    "Sending tons of good juju vibes your Mom's way. And much respect to Michael & his sister for simply being them! "
     

    Becky Buffington Killgo

    Fri Feb 07 09:34:38 EST 2014

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    "Hope this gift helps get you the edge you need ;)"
     

    Mandy Dye

    Sat Feb 08 12:03:26 EST 2014

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    "Best wishes to the Rinaldis"
     

    Amy DeRoy

    Sat Feb 08 12:21:09 EST 2014

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    "Sending you light and love :)"
     

    Kristina Eicher

    Sat Feb 08 12:40:42 EST 2014

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    "Dedicated to all the babies and children that I have and still are treating that have cancer. "
     

    Annie Perrin

    Sun Feb 09 04:02:02 EST 2014

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    "Mr.& Mrs. Robert Rinaldi, glad to hear your wife is doing better. Ralph S."
     

    Ralph Sochocki

    Tue Feb 11 08:32:18 EST 2014

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    "Congrats on the race and the money bomb Mike. You did good in both!"
     

    Daniel Rutherford

    Sat Feb 15 12:02:59 EST 2014

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    "Hey Mike! Know that I'm keeping your Mom in prayer and hang in there. "
     

    KATHLEEN EDEDLMAN

    Fri Sep 20 06:36:26 EDT 2013

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    "GO MOM!"
     

    Anonymous

    Sat Sep 14 05:24:45 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck! We will be praying for you and your family."
     

    Lauren Richards

    Sat Sep 14 09:57:04 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck Mike!!!! So sorry to hear about your Mom Love, Jamie, Kelley and the boys. "
     

    Jamie and Kelley Janes

    Sat Sep 14 08:38:44 EDT 2013

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    "So sad to hear this, but so grateful to be able to do something for you and your family. I adore your family and miss you very much."
     

    Jennifer Meck

    Fri Sep 13 10:55:21 EDT 2013

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    "Prayers and thoughts for your speedy recovery!"
     

    Sherry Bautista

    Fri Sep 13 10:45:16 EDT 2013

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    "Go Rinaldi! Here's to your dedication in supporting your mom with love!! xoxo Marta"
     

    Anonymous

    Wed Feb 12 02:44:38 EST 2014

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    "Sorry took so long to give!"
     

    Rachel Katonak

    Tue Feb 11 08:00:56 EST 2014

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    "Bless you. "
     

    Linda Schumacher

    Sat Feb 08 03:42:37 EST 2014

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    "I'm proud of your dedication and hard work to raise awareness and money for the Leukemia Society. "
     

    Nicole Pyles

    Fri Feb 07 12:03:17 EST 2014

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    "I donated $8.88 x 3 to represent your mom's 3 grand children whom she is surviving for! What an amazing spirit she has. I will continue to pray for her and your family. God bless. "
     

    Andrea Woolridge

    Fri Feb 07 10:43:42 EST 2014

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    "You are in our thoughts and prayers. You will beat this. I have no doubt."
     

    Michael Hathaway

    Thu Feb 06 09:56:09 EST 2014

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    "Mike all the best to your Mom and congratulations on this achievement. "
     

    John Urban

    Wed Feb 05 05:57:55 EST 2014

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    "Lets BEAT all types of Cancer!!!"
     

    Karen Kilman

    Tue Feb 04 02:36:23 EST 2014

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    "Mike, I am glad to hear your Mom is doing well. Tony and Maggie May"
     

    Tony May

    Tue Feb 04 09:25:35 EST 2014

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    "Someday we will find cure for all diseases!!!"
     

    Joseph Miraflor

    Fri Jan 24 08:45:05 EST 2014

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    "Best of luck to you Emiko."
     

    Jonathan Stinson

    Wed Jan 22 09:56:00 EST 2014

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    "Wishing you and your family all the best"
     

    Matthew Arnold

    Wed Jan 22 09:15:32 EST 2014

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    "Here's to many many years of remission, sending healing thoughts to your mama"
     

    Melanie Romo

    Tue Jan 21 02:46:25 EST 2014

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    "Mike, hope this will help."
     

    Ron Locker

    Tue Jan 21 01:19:28 EST 2014

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    "Great job Mike and Karen!!!"
     

    ROBERT RINALDI

    Mon Jan 20 06:54:02 EST 2014

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    "Best of luck as you continue to get well. You are an inspiration to us. Thank you Michael and Karen. I know your parents are very proud of you. We are keeping you in our prayers. God bless. Love, Lynn and Ray"
     

    Lynn Devroye

    Sun Jan 19 04:58:04 EST 2014

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    "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rinaldi family. Mike, you and Jeff have a wonderful experience at the Rock N Roll Mini-Half Marathon on January 19 in Phoenix !"
     

    GiGi and Frank Marrah

    Mon Jan 06 04:23:10 EST 2014

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