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Running 4 Lola
Jun 10, 2013

Lola Bernadette Kohler

July 7, 1944 - January 19, 2008

Running 4 Lola

I'm at it again... with a little luck of the Irish this time! On October 28, 2013, I will be running the Dublin (yes, Ireland!) Marathon to help raise money to KICK CANCER'S ASS!

Welcome to my Team in Training website! If you're here for the first time, thank you for stopping by. If you supported me in 2008, 2010, and 2011, THANK YOU for coming back! It has been a whirlwind of challenges, emotions, dedication, and most of all, tremendous honor to have run the past 3 half-marathon events with Team in Training in Lola's memory. This year, I will be training to run 26.2 miles in the Dublin Marathon, once again, in Lola's memory and to help raise funds to treat and cure blood cancers.

Lola Kohler

July 7, 1944 - January 19, 2008

Most of you know all about Lola. For those of you who don’t, Lola is my former husband’s mother. She was like a second mother to me. She was also "Tutu" (grandma, in Hawaiian) to my 2 girls Tiare and Melia, along with their 6 cousins. Lola fought a short but tumultuous battle with Lymphoma that ended in the early morning hours of January 19, 2008. She was only 64.

Born on July 7, 1944 in Hawaii, Lola brought her Aloha spirit when she moved to the mainland. Her joyous and positive outlook on life was inspiring and contagious. She never found fault in anything, and never had a negative thing to say about anyone. She was a beautiful person in every way.

Inspired by Lola’s uplifting nature, enduring strength, and spirit of Aloha, I signed up for my first Team in Training event and ran the Long Beach Half-marathon in October of 2008, succeeded by the Nike Women’s half-marathon in 2010 and Nike Women's half-marathon in 2011. I’m now gearing up to run a full 26.2 miles at the Dublin Marathon on October 28, 2013. Previous seasons plagued me with injuries, but in 2012 I was successful in running the Nike Women's full marathon (without fundraising) without any problems. I pray this year will be the same so I can continue to raise money to fight Leukemia & Lymphoma.

A little about Team in Training (TNT)

Team in Training is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, as well as improving the quality of life for patients and their families.

The Statistics are grim

  • As of 2011, an estimated 957,902 people in the United States were currently living with, or are in remission from, one of these diseases.
  • Every 4 minutes one person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
  • Every 10 minutes, someone in the US dies from a blood cancer – nearly 148 people each day.
  • Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20.
  • New cases of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma will account for 9.0 percent of the 1,529,560 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US this year.

So, WHO does blood cancer choose?

Blood cancers chooses the mothers and fathers of children

It rips husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, and cousins from their families

Best friends, neighbors and co-workers will be stricken

It knows no difference in economic status, political affiliation, nor religion

It knows no color lines. Every race from African American, Caucasian, Hispanic to Asian and everything in between is affected

It targets the jock, the dancer, the musician, the nerd, the scholar

There is no such thing as limitations on age

From the child who never got to enjoy their prom, to the grandparents who never had a

chance to meet their grandchildren

No one is above cancer.


With Lola's graceful spirit in my heart, I urge you to please join me in my fundraising campaign to help find treatments and cures for blood cancers.

If you have a friend or loved one you'd like me to run in honor or in memory of, please let me know. I would be honored to wear their name on my jersey on race day.

In loving memory of "TuTu" ~ Lola Kohler

I am greatly privileged to run in memory and in honor of the following people:

In Memory: Lola Kohler, Karen Harvey, Timothy Rogers, Charles Stott, Mary Stott, Barry Chinen, Diane Fung, and Samuel Noya

In Honor: Kai Fujita


Supporter Comments

    "Michele. I truly am amazed by your incredible strength and endurance. You are an inspiration to me and our kids. I am so proud of you and so happy that I am still a part of your life. Thank you. Aloha, Kev"

    Kevin Kohler

    Fri Mar 29 12:07:36 EDT 2013

    "Here's to KICKING CANCER'S ASS!!!! Best of Luck to you Michele. I grew up with Kevin and Jeff. I am touched by your kindness and HUGE Heart. God Bless!"

    Lino Jubilado

    Fri Mar 29 01:44:59 EDT 2013

    "I was a neighbor of Lola's for many years. She and I used to hang out together when we were both divorced. She was a marvelous, beautiful, fun loving, caring person. Her sons and my kids were playmates growing up and are still in touch with each other. God bless you, Michele, for doing this for Lola and the other cancer victims."

    Sherry Werley

    Fri Mar 29 09:47:26 EDT 2013

    "Our 'ohana is so very proud of you Michele and to be a part of KICKING CANCER'S ASS! Go get 'em! Love you, Aunty Gail and Uncle Tioni "

    Aunty Gail

    Tue Apr 02 03:47:50 EDT 2013

    "Next run in Tibet? Uncle Moko and Aumtie Iz"

    Mike Fujimori

    Tue May 21 03:36:43 EDT 2013

    "Go Meesh Go!!!"

    Kevin Sakamoto

    Wed May 29 08:45:27 EDT 2013

    "Run hard"


    Sun Jun 09 10:05:11 EDT 2013

    "I know this isn't much, but hope it adds to your goal. Wishing you the best run yet. Love U JoAnn"

    JoAnn Stowers

    Sat Jun 15 05:58:53 EDT 2013

    "Good luck.."

    Jason Coffey

    Fri Jun 14 12:05:28 EDT 2013

    "Congrats on all your fundraising and hard work!!"

    Michael Moore

    Thu Jun 13 03:53:40 EDT 2013

    "Miss your warm smile! We love you! Michele, you rock, girl...mind over matter!!"

    Casey & Noah

    Tue Jun 04 08:57:24 EDT 2013

    "Thank you Michelle, for doing such a great job for a great cause! Love you much, Jeannie, Roy, Kai, Gen and Daigo"

    jeannie hashimoto

    Tue Jun 04 11:35:04 EDT 2013

    " In honor of Lola, my dearest father Caesar Augustin Lozada and father in law Elliott Sherman . Keep up the good work! your friend to the end :) Camille xoxoxo"

    Camille Sherman

    Tue May 21 09:52:59 EDT 2013

    "Michelle, thank you so much for helping me out - Buster, Barkley and myself will miss you ."

    Trish Jackson

    Mon May 20 08:47:29 EDT 2013

    "In awe of you, and in honor of Lola :)"


    Mon May 06 10:51:07 EDT 2013

    "You honor her and many more by doing this year after year. thank you Ray and Janie Kohler"

    Ray/Janie Kohler

    Mon Apr 22 07:34:29 EDT 2013

    "In Memory of a little angel. In hopes that no more loved one will be lost...."


    Mon Apr 08 04:37:32 EDT 2013

    "I can see Lola shyly smiling and thanking everyone and most of all to you my dear daughter for your determination for this cause. You are amazing and we are so honored to have you as our daughter, mother and our family! On behalf of all of us who loved and misses Lola, thank you!"

    Junko Eddie Okamura

    Fri Apr 05 07:20:12 EDT 2013

    ""Hope is like the sun, which,as we journey toward it,casts the shadow of our burden behind us." "

    Ana Vidauri Leyva

    Fri Mar 29 11:28:41 EDT 2013

    "As my Dad, John Taylor, a brother of my Aunty Lola Kohler, has just found out this week, his prostate cancer has returned. She would have been broken hearted as all of us are, so selfishly this donation is to my family, to honor them both"

    The Moore Family

    Fri Mar 29 10:34:22 EDT 2013

    "Go Michele! I am so proud of you. Much love to you and the kids."

    Michelle West

    Thu Mar 28 01:22:51 EDT 2013

    "Go Michele Go!!!"

    Tom Rowe

    Thu Mar 28 10:27:52 EDT 2013

    "In spirit I am with you all the way. Lord knows, I can't physically be there. Lol I pray that you can make it to Dublin everyday...."

    Kevin Kohler

    Wed Jul 24 08:54:20 EDT 2013

    "I wish I had the balance. I would give it all if I had it. Go get Em Michele...."

    Kevin Kohler

    Fri Jul 12 07:58:37 EDT 2013

    "I had to at least get you to the half way goal...for now!"

    Annette Cooper

    Wed Jul 10 01:51:49 EDT 2013

    "Aloha Michelle and thank you for keeping Lola's life and memory so alive!!"

    Herb and Jennifer Ching

    Wed Jun 26 01:19:14 EDT 2013

    "I am so honored to be a part of your life still. You are a true inspiration."

    Kevin Kohler

    Wed Jun 26 12:03:02 EDT 2013

    "Best of luck Michele. Erin and I are always delighted to be able to help support you in this cause. Go get 'em!!!"

    Nick and Erin Mauldin

    Sat Jun 15 10:55:29 EDT 2013

    "Michelle, thank you for your hard work and dedication to a great organization. GO TEAM. Erin Go Braugh ( I think )"


    Fri Jul 12 10:18:54 EDT 2013

    "Thanks Michele for dedicating so much energy to this horrible disease! Good luck in Dublin!"

    Chris Pittman

    Fri Jun 28 09:57:48 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,395.00 | Goal: $2,900.00
117 %

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In Memory of

Lola Kohler

My Thanks To

Nick and Erin Mauldin $250.00
Junko Eddie Okamura $200.00
Donald and Susan Hartman $100.00
Michelle Rosen $100.00
Herb and Jennifer Ching $100.00
Carol Mazzotti $100.00
Casey & Noah $100.00
jeannie hashimoto $100.00
Kevin Sakamoto $100.00
Camille Sherman $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
The Kinzie Family $100.00
Ray/Janie Kohler $100.00
Aunty Gail $100.00
Kristine Sasaki $100.00
Annette Cooper $55.00
Lorraine $50.00
Kevin Kohler $50.00
Chris Pittman $50.00
Kevin Kohler $50.00
Alliance Data $50.00
Miyoko $50.00
William H $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
The Moore Family $50.00
Sam Pheng $50.00
Anonymous $40.00
Melia Kohler $40.00
Kevin Kohler $25.00
Earl Morimoto $25.00
pat wieclawski $25.00
Jason Coffey $25.00
Michael Moore $25.00
Bank of America $25.00
Michelle Bartolo $25.00
Rachel Barren Connors $25.00
Anthony Giampietro $25.00
Greg Henderson $25.00
Sherry Werley $25.00
Lino Jubilado $25.00
Michelle West $25.00
Tom Rowe $25.00
Thuy Vi $25.00
Kimmie Abourezk $20.00
Kim Kinzie  
Scott & Jennifer Morgan  
JoAnn Stowers  
Mike Fujimori  
Trish Jackson  
Kim Kinzie  
Glenn Noya  
Ana Vidauri Leyva  
Kevin Kohler  
Garry D Kinzie  
Earl Morimoto