April 8, 2010
Inspired by a 4-year-old girl in need of a transplant, more than 100 visitors became a part of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry during a drive Wednesday at Glendale Memorial Hospital. Registry drives have taken place nationwide over the last week for the child, Charlotte Conybear, of Philadelphia, who suffers from aplastic anemia. The condition is a product of an autoimmune disorder in which Charlotte’s white blood cells are attacking her bone marrow, said Jeff Conybear, her father.
April 9, 2010
PUBLIC SAFETY A 55-year-old Glendale woman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of trying to kill her friend with a kitchen knife during an argument in her apartment. Diane Vizcaino was charged with a felony count of attempted murder after police found David Eppele bleeding in the street outside her apartment. Police say Vizcaino had been drinking alcohol March 29 in her apartment on the 900 block of Beulah Street when she got into an argument with Eppele. As the argument escalated, Vizcaino reportedly got a knife and stabbed Eppele, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
April 7, 2010
Bone marrow drive planned for child Glendale Memorial Hospital and the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry will team up to find potential donors for a 4-year-old girl who doctors say is in critical need of a transplant. The donor recruitment drive is scheduled to take place from 5 to 8 tonight in the hospital?s main auditorium, 1420 S. Central Ave. The girl has aplastic anemia, a severe blood disorder, and ?it is extremely urgent that we find a match for her,? Frieda Jordan, president of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, said in a statement.
July 27, 2002
Janine Marnien Justin Siegan and Ileana Geestman met at the City of Hope when he was undergoing treatment for aplastic anemia, a potentially life-threatening disease where bone marrow doesn't produce blood cells. Geestman wanted to do something to help the 15-year-old from Santa Clarita, so she invited him to play at the third annual Desi Geestman Golf Tournament on Friday as a guest after learning of his love for golf. "When she told me, I was like, 'cool,'" Justin said.
August 16, 2009
GLENDALE — Expectant couples shared concerns and anxieties Sunday at Verdugo Hills Hospital as part of a crash course on the trials and tribulations of new parenthood. A handful of expectant mothers and their partners lunched through two hours of “Baby 101,” a series of mini lectures on everything from research and medical treatments to swaddling and changing diapers. Christy Taylor and Michael Aguilera expect their first child — a daughter whom they plan to call Aliana — on Oct. 12. The couple recently secured one of the nonprofit hospital’s 158 beds to give birth, and came this weekend with a range of questions.
May 22, 2010
My annual ode to the springtime beauty of the Verdugo Hills is late this year, but the generous winter and early spring rains have created a continuing profusion of wildflowers. Even this late, the early blooming pink storksbill, gorgeous deep purple phacelia and uncurling white popcorn flowers are still around although much diminished. Orange monkey flower lavishly decorating rocky road cuts, widespread pale lavender caterpillar phacelia, purple flowered whorls of chia, pink prickly phlox and yellow pincushion are at or near their peak.