An avid photographer and all-around-go-to-girl, Julie Shermer was on the receiving end of the camera at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. On Thursday, in front of some 75 fans, Shermer received the first annual Courage Award for her courageous fight against colon cancer. Her oncologist, Dr. Boris Bagdasarian, presented the award to her in the hospital's “Garden of Hope” in front of the hospital's Cancer Services Center. Bagdasarian is also on the hospital staff and is a member of the L.A. Cancer Network.
Owner of the Glendale Connection, Shermer was most recently employed as the City's Neighborhood Services Fund Development Coordinator. Shermer was also a past president of Soroptimist International of Glendale, having joined in 1978.
At the podium was new CEO Kevin Roberts. He described joining the hospital six months ago from Hawaii. He felt right at home surrounded by the afternoon's Hawaiian theme. He introduced Shermer's family, including her mother Genevieve Sultenfuss, looking spry at 101 years old. Julie's husband of 30 years, Howard Shermer, was also front and center, as were three of Julie's adult children, Kimberly Meyer, Kathy Burroughs and Jim Burroughs. Fourth child, Chris Burroughs, was not able to be present. Shermer's granddaughters on hand were Alyson Meyer, 21, and Kristen Burroughs, 19.