Army of Pink marches against breast cancer

October 13, 2010

The Army of Pink has marched into Glendale and occupied the Alex Theatre. On Oct. 6, seven men who are helping raise funds for breast-cancer awareness campaigned for votes as they walked the pink carpet and posed for photos surrounded by banners and pink balloons. Their captain is Laura Friedman, Glendale City Council member and breast-cancer survivor. She will be leading the army of seven Glendale movers and shakers to spread the message about resources in Glendale to diagnose, treat and support people living with breast cancer.

The brains behind the operation is the leadership at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, who recruited Friedman and the 2010 Army of Pink candidates. They are Glendale Adventist Cancer Services Medical Director Boris Bagdasarian, Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa, Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Glendale Community College Board President Tony Tartaglia, Glendale Adventist HEALTHline host Gregory Zarian and former Glendale Mayor Larry Zarian.


Until Oct. 26, Glendale Adventist is asking the community to visit on-line to vote for which "soldier" in Friedman's Army of Pink looks best in pink. Each voter may vote up to 10 times. The winner will have his name on display in the Outpatient Cancer Center lobby for one year. In exchange, Glendale Adventist will donate $1 for every vote cast (up to 10,000 votes) to support the 2010 Glendale Relay for Life event.

Among live music and Carousel Restaurant appetizers, 150 supporters mingled and mulled over who would get their vote. They were welcomed by Glendale Adventist CEO Morre Dean.

"We had no idea everyone [the seven men] would be so supportive," Dean said.

Remember to vote early—and vote often.


The distaff side of the Army of Pink campaign showed up at Nordstrom in the Glendale Galleria on Thursday. Katrina Dean brought 10 of her friends to shop and sup on behalf of the Guild at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Katrina is the wife of Glendale Adventist CEO Morre Dean.

Each $75 ticket purchase allows two wigs to be purchased for chemotherapy patients or one free hour of psycho-social support for a cancer patient or one low-cost digital mammogram for a woman in need. The guild allocates the proceeds according to need.

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