Susan Chow was where she wanted to be Saturday, 10 feet up on scaffolding in a Pasadena warehouse, gluing red kidney beans onto the front of Glendale's float in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade.
A week earlier, Chow started chemotherapy to treat cancer in her nasal passage. For three months, she endured dozens of radiation sessions on the road to recovery. During that time, she said, Chow hoped her treatment would leave her free to work on Glendale's float.
"I've been doing this for 10 years," Chow said. "I wanted to make sure I was out of the hospital."
Chow was one of more than 100 volunteers helping City Councilman Dave Weaver, head of the float decoration committee for the Glendale Rose Float Assn., get this year's entry ready.
The theme for 2011 is "Say Cheese," with the float featuring a huge bellows camera with several oversized picture frames from which Glendale dignitaries will wave at spectators along the parade route.