One HPU student, Bradley Krack (pronounced crock), of Fremont,
Calif. didn’t need HPU’s Club Carnival to organize
his extracurricular activities.
Krack came to Hawai‘i last August as a lieutenant in
the U.S. Navy, stationed at Kane‘ohe Bay Marine Corps
Base. He has his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering
from Northwestern University and is now studying Chinese in
HPU’s modern language program.
HPU students who are looking to join an organization that can
add values, meaning, and great benefits to their lives,” Krack
said, “should consider The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.” Team
in Training , The Hawai‘i chapter is sponsoring to a
run fundraising marathon in Alaska this summer.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is dedicated to finding a
cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma,” said
Krack, who joined the organization last August.
Krack learned about the society when his attempt to train for
the Honolulu Marathon ended “disastrously” he said.
An injury prevented him from running the marathon, but he was
able to walk it with his mother, Jeffrey, and her friends from
Silicon Valley’s (TNT) chapter.
It was such a great experience, getting to see all of these
people together clad in purple and green and racing for a great
cause to raise funds to cure diseases,” Krack added.
Krack joined the local TNT and is now training for the Mayor’s
Midnight Sun Marathon Run Hawai‘i half marathon in Anchorage,
on Jun. 23.
My commitment to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is to raise
$4,800,” he said, adding that “seventy-five cents
of every dollar goes directly to the society for research,
patients, and education.” He added, “The Hawai‘i
chapter of TNT will be racing for [local recipient] Sarah Grace,
a three-year-old girl, who is recovering from acute lymphocytic
leukemia (ALL). After two and a half years of treatment, she’s
doing extremely well.”
I will also be doing this for my friend Jay who unexpectedly
came down with blood cancer during his sophomore year [at Northwestern
University] and sadly passed away shortly after,” added
According to the Society’s Facts 2006-2007, an annual
publication that contains the most recent statistics from SEER,
the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology
and End Results Program, states that the four major forms of
leukemia are divided into four categories; acute myelogenous
leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia,
and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
The terms myelogenous or lymphocytic signify the cell type
involved. Acute leukemia is a fast progressing disease that
affects cells that are not yet fully developed, thus making
it impossible for them to function. “Chronic leukemia,” according
to the Society’s data, “progresses slowly and permits
the growth of greater numbers of more developed cells, which
means these more mature cells are able to carry out some of
their normal functions.”
Lymphoma has two major categories: Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin
lymphoma. In general, lymphoma is a group of cancers that originate
in the lymphatic system. About 56 percent of the blood cancers
that occur each year are lymphomas: a lymphocyte (a type of
white blood cell) undergoes a malignant change and begins to
multiply and kicks out the healthy cells creating tumors that
enlarge the lymph nodes or other parts of the immune system,
according to the society’s data.
In a press release on Mar. 1, the society’s TNT stated
that TNT “is the world’s largest endurance sports
training program which provides personalized coaching, group
training and support, and the chance to meet new people and
be a part of a team.”
It goes on to say, “in addition to weekly training sessions
under the guidance of a certified coach, TNT offers training
events and clinics on nutrition, equipment, injury prevention,
and safety. Participants train in honor of local keikis who
are either in treatment or survivors of leukemia or other blood
cancers. They can also train in honor of friends and family
members who have battled this horrible disease.”
Students, faculty, and staff can help by joining the society,
or volunteering to participate in a fundraising run, or support
Krack with a donation that would go towards his race for a
leukemia and lymphoma cure. You can do so at www.active.com/donate/tntsdh/tntsdhBKrack.
Or, if you dare, Krack said, “challenge yourself and
help save a life. Instead of going home to family and friends,
make it a personal goal this summer to run the half marathon
in Alaska. It’s not too late to sign up!” And it’s
on the same Web site, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more
For additional TNT information, call the Hawai‘i chapter
of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 808-534-1222; or