Please join us for the 1st Annual Race Against Stomach Cancer – 5Ks of Hope!  The date is Sunday, November 11th and the scenic location is the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

You can run a timed race or you can walk at your own leisurely pace.  Strollers are even welcome so please bring the whole family and help us raise awareness and funds to fight stomach cancer.

Click here to sign-up for the 1st Annual 5Ks of Hope

Click play below to listen to my talk with Irasema Partida a stomach cancer survivor.  Irasema is also part of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization, I co-founded and is hosting on The Race Against Stomach Cancer.  Please do join us – we need your help!  Spread the word!

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Recording date – September 9, 2018, in Fontana, CA

5Ks of Hope

Irasema Partida: Beautiful setting. Nice lake in the middle and you have the option to do the 5K, you can walk, run, bring your kids with you. Strollers are okay. We are just looking forward to bringing awareness to an amazing cause and celebrating all the warriors out there.

“…Veteran’s are a big piece of the stomach cancer world… Veterans are exposed to a bacteria called H. Pylori.”

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States. Southern California-i-a. Tom Smith here, and I am joined by Irasema Partida for this iDriveSoCal podcast.  Irasema, thank you for joining me.

Irasema Partida: Thank you.

5Ks of Hope – Race Against Stomach Cancer

Date: Sunday, November 11th

Start time: 8:30AM

Location: Santa Fe Damn Recreation Area
Irwindale, CA

Everyone is welcome!

Please Click Here to Register Now!

Tom Smith: Irasema is a stomach cancer survivor. And if you’ve been listening to the podcast, you know that stomach cancer is a near and dear disease to my family.

My father-in-law is a survivor, excuse me, my father-in-law is a survivor, as well. He was diagnosed in 2013, my wife got him through the disease and as a way to pay forward that blessing of still having my father-in-law with us, we started the organization called ‘Hope for Stomach Cancer’.

Irasema is also a stomach cancer survivor and the purpose of this podcast is to promote. To get you, please do, come on out on November 11th to the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area Dam recreation area. Where we are going to be hosting our first annual, 5K’s of Hope- Race Against Stomach Cancer.

So we’re going to be doing the old 5K thing. It’s going to be timed. You can run it. You can walk it. There’s going to be a mile option, but it’s going to be again Sunday, November 11th.

5K on Veteran’s Day

Tom Smith: Now, Sunday, November 11th, also happens to be-

Irasema Partida: Veteran’s Day.

Tom Smith: Veteran’s Day. And Irasema is a young, Hispanic woman. She’s a stomach cancer survivor. My father-in-law is more of a stereotypical stomach cancer survivor and that’s a 71-year-old man. Now, this is a very deadly disease, so survivor is a big, big deal in the world of this disease.

But it used to be just older people. Now it’s really proliferated too, unfortunately, all ages.

Irasema Partida: Right.

Tom Smith: All ethnicities.

Irasema Partida: Not discriminate.

“You can live a pretty darn normal life without a stomach. And that’s surprising as all get out to lots of people.”

Tom Smith: And veteran’s are a big piece of the stomach cancer world, as well. Part of the theory on that is that veterans are exposed to a, I guess it’s a bacteria-

Irasema Partida: Yes.

Tom Smith: Called H. Pylori when they’re out in the field, serving our country. And veteran’s thank you for your service. But H. Pylori ties into your Irasema’s stomach cancer journey, as well.

Tom Smith: Irasema, can you give us a brief summary of that stomach cancer journey?

Irasema Partida: Yes! Well, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer, stage two, in May of 2015. At the age of 34.

Tom Smith: 34.

Irasema Partida: Yes.

Tom Smith: And you were active?

Irasema Partida: Very active. Very clean lifestyle and I-

Tom Smith: Non-smoker.

Irasema Partida: Non-smoker, non-drinker, socially. But again, I didn’t fit the mold. I had several doctors tell me, they actually walked in and were shocked to not find a, you know, 60+-year-old woman standing in front of them.

Irasema Partida: Awareness is a huge thing for us.

You Can Live Without a Stomach

Tom Smith: Yup.

Irasema Partida: I had a partial gastrectomy in June of 2015. Followed by chemo and radiation. I was clean. NED, no evidence of disease for eight months. And then diagnosed- sorry. Then I had a reoccurrence of stomach cancer again. Eight months later.

Tom Smith: Came back?

Irasema Partida: Came back. I then had full gastrectomy. And I have been living a fairly normal life now, for almost two years. It’ll be two years, November.

Tom Smith: And what you can do. You’re living without a stomach, most people don’t realize that yes, in fact. You can live, pretty darn normal- obviously you have to make so adjustments.

“Beautiful setting… you have the option to do the 5K walk… Or we have a 1K, you can walk, run, bring your kids with you.”

Irasema Partida: Yes.

Tom Smith: But pretty darn normal. You can live a pretty darn normal life without a stomach. And that’s surprising as all get out to lots of people. It was to me when I first learned, myself.

Irasema Partida: Me too.

Tom Smith: Now before we get too much further, I need to point out and thank Lilly Oncology, who is the presenting sponsor of 5K’s of Hope, being put on by the Organization of Hope for stomach cancer. Which, Irasema is actually a part of, as well. I forgot to mention that early on in the podcast.

Irasema Partida: Yeah.

Tom Smith: She is actually the person who you’re going to want to reach out to, anybody that wants to- any businesses that want to participate in any kind of, in-kind donation or any kind of sponsorship, Irasema is your go-to and I’m just going to go ahead and give your email address. Irasema, I-R-A-S-E-M-A.

Irasema Partida: M-A, yep.

Tom Smith: At stocan.org. And ‘StoCAN’ stands for stomach cancer awareness network, but that’s just shorter than HopeforStomachCancer.org.

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

Tom Smith: But hopeforstomachcancer.org is the organization’s website. You can go there and link to 5KsofHope.org. But 5ksofhope.org is where you go to sign-up.

Irasema Partida: To sign-up.

Tom Smith: So just so we got all this straight. Irasema is the person business owners will reach out to for any kind of in-kind donation or any sponsorship and your email address again is-

Irasema Partida: Irasema, [email protected]

“It’s one of the most deadly cancers. 27,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed in the next 12 months.”

Tom Smith: And then to sign-up for the race, go to 5ksofhope.org. And that’s a number five, the letter ‘K’, ‘S’, ‘O-F’, of hope, ‘H-O-P-E’.org.

Tom Smith: Now, it’s going to be at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area Dam recreation area.

Irasema Partida: Yes.

Tom Smith: You’ve been the venue, I have not.

Irasema Partida: It is in the city of Irwindale.

Tom Smith: OK.

Irasema Partida: Right off the 605 and the 210, kind of right where they meet.

Tom Smith: OK.

Irasema Partida: Beautiful setting. Nice lake in the middle and you have the option to do the 5K walk, which is about a little over three miles. Or we have a 1K, you can walk, run, bring your kids with you.

Tom Smith: Strollers are okay?

Irasema Partida: Strollers are okay. We are just looking forward to bringing awareness to an amazing cause and celebrating all the warriors out there.

Stomach Cancer Capital of the U.S.

Tom Smith: Stomach cancer survivors, such as yourself, are truly warriors. It is a battle. All cancers are terrible. Stomach cancer is an especially deadly disease.

It’s one of the most deadly cancers. 27,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed in the next 12 months. Thereabouts, 27,000. Of that 27,000, California will deliver the most diagnoses and of the state of California, Southern California will deliver the most diagnoses.

So, as you hear me- and we have fun with it. iDriveSoCal is, you know, all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States and we talk about how it’s not only the automotive capital of the United States but also the automotive capital of the world.

And unfortunately, the other capital that southern California is, the United States, the North America capital of stomach cancer. Because of the most diagnoses that we have.

But, while we also have the most diagnoses, we also have a lot of activity going on here, from a perspective of research. Some amazing doctors.

“At the age of 34… I didn’t fit the mold. I had several doctors tell me, they actually were shocked to not find a 60-plus-year-old woman standing in front of them.”

Irasema Partida: Yes.

Tom Smith: That has done some amazing work. It helped to get my father-in-law through stomach cancer, it helped to get Irasema through stomach cancer and in fact, if you yourself are touched by stomach cancer, there’s going to be a symposium, we should probably mention-

Irasema Partida: Yes!

Tom Smith: The symposium’s going to be November 10th, the day before the- Saturday, November 10th, the day before the run-walk, which is going to be Sunday, November 10th. The symposium you can find out more details at HopeforStomachCancer.org. That is HopeforStomachCancer.org all spelled out with the letter- it’s spelled out f-o-r, not the number four.

Tom Smith: And Irasema, take us through the day of the race. What’s the timing, set-up, et cetera?

Run/Walk Day Agenda 

Irasema Partida: We are going to start at 8:30 in the morning.

Tom Smith: OK.

Irasema Partida: We will have some booths set-up, we’ll be passing out- if you sign-up on time you get a shirt, you’re right size, so please join us so you can get the correct size.

Tom Smith: Sign-up early to get a shirt and get the right size shirt.

Irasema Partida: Yes! Get the right size. I would hate for everybody to end up with an extra small or a double x or something.

Tom Smith: But, come regardless. We don’t want you to not come just because of the shirt.

“Southern California will deliver the most diagnoses.”

Irasema Partida: Yes, ’cause of the shirt.

Tom Smith: We’ll figure out a shirt for you.

Irasema Partida: We are really just taking that day, like I said, to honor those fighting this horrible disease. We’re coming together as a community to not only bring awareness but celebrate everybody. Whether this hits close to home or-

Tom Smith: You want to get out there and do a run.

Irasema Partida: You want to get out there and do a run, please join us. We’d love all the love and support from everybody and learn something about this horrible disease.

Tom Smith: Yup. Support a great cause and get a little bit of knowledge and awareness about stomach cancer, because it really is no joke. Unfortunately, it’s going the wrong way with regard to its number of diagnoses and it’s not just the older, 70-year-old man or woman, it’s everybody, right?

Stomach Cancer Does Not Discriminate!

Irasema Partida: Yes.

Tom Smith: It’s Irasema at 34 years old and healthy and female and so many others.  Irasema, thank you for joining me to help get this word out.

You know, iDriveSoCal, it’s all about mobility and this is a form of mobility, folks. Gettin’ out in the old heel-toe express. If you’ve listened to my most recent podcast, I’ve kind of been ripping on the idea of all the scooter companies, which are really fun to drive and they’re cool and there’s a place for them.

But the scooters- the electric scooters are solving the final mile issue. How are we going to address the final mile? It’s like well hey, how ’bout walking? How ’bout running, how ’bout the old heel-toe express, how ’bout pushing the old shoe leather down?

Tom Smith: So, here’s a great opportunity to do it for a great cause. Again, the event is 5K’s of Hope- Race Against Stomach Cancer. The date is Sunday, November 11th. The start time is… Irasema?

Irasema Partida: 8:30.

Tom Smith: 8:30, says Irasema. And that’s in the city of Irwindale, technically. Right?

Irasema Partida: Yes.

Tom Smith: The Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. Oh, thank you again to the sponsor of the 5K’s of Hope, which is Lilly Oncology.

“We are just looking forward to bringing awareness to an amazing cause and celebrating all the warriors out there.”

Tom Smith: Irasema, anything else to add before we wrap this up?

Irasema Partida: Come and have a great time with us. You’ll enjoy a nice lake view and yes. We look forward to seeing everybody.

Tom Smith: Alright. Wonderful. Irasema, thank you so much for joining me.  We look forward to seeing you all at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area for the first annual 5Ks of Hope. Go to 5ksofhope.org and sign-up today. Get your friends to sign-up, get the people that own businesses to help support the organization and thank you so much for listening, as always.

Tom Smith: For iDriveSoCal, I’m Tom Smith. We’ll talk to you soon.  We’ll see you at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area Sunday, November 11th. At 8:30 in the morning. Buh-bye.

Registration Details

5Ks of Hope – Race Against Stomach Cancer

Date: Sunday, November 11th

Start time: 8:30AM

Location: Santa Fe Damn Recreation Area
Irwindale, CA

Everyone is welcome!

Please Click Here to Register Now!