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Kelly Corrigan kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 18, 2011
While many teenage girls primp themselves to perfection during the precious minutes of their mornings, one girl’s routine has just been cut short. Literally. To raise money for cancer research, 16-year-old Jasmine McCann this week shaved her head. So did her father, Tim McCann, 51, both of La Crescenta. They are among more than 30,000 volunteers raising money through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The Monrovia-based foundation has collected $13 million so far this year, drawing thousands to shave or be shaved at events nationwide.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 20, 2011
A former photographer for the Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader, Tammy Abbott, lost her 20-year battle with cancer on Saturday. She was 54. From Springville, near Sequoia National Park, Abbott spent much of her life in Los Angeles pursuing her artistic ambitions. Before becoming a photojournalist, Abbott worked in the music industry and painted. While studying photojournalism at Los Angeles Valley College, Abbott befriended Rick Meyer, a former Los Angeles Times photographer who became her mentor after she asked him to look at her portfolio at a conference, he said.
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By Tracy E. Gilchrist | October 7, 2006
LA CRESCENTA — Break out the bowling shoes and the 10-pound balls because it's time again for "Bowling for Boobies," a breast-cancer fundraising event with a sense of humor and a whole lot of heart. Responding to the news that a friend in town had been diagnosed with breast cancer, a group of Montrose women took up her cause in 2004 and came up with the bowling event to raise money to defray the cost of her medical bills, said Nancy Hathaway, charter president of the Soroptomist International Club of the Verdugos, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the event.
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By By Vince Lovato | October 15, 2005
All the cyclists participating in Tour of Hope have been affected by the disease in some way.It was the ride of his life. But more importantly to him, it was the ride for his son's life. La Cañada resident Doron Kochavi, whose son, Ari, is a brain-cancer survivor, bicycled 3,300 miles, from San Diego to Washington D.C., in nine days with 23 other cyclists and seven-time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong. All the cyclists in the third Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope Ride Across America, designed to raise cancer awareness, have been affected by the disease.
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November 12, 2004
Robert Chacon Paige Peterson, a Glendale girl who turned her personal battle with cancer into an opportunity to raise awareness of the illness and children's healthcare through campaigns involving Hollywood stars and even the First Lady, died Tuesday at Childrens Hospital, said her mother, Suzanne Peterson. She was 11. Paige, was born Jan. 21, 1993, at Verdugo Hills Hospital. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer that forms solid tumors along the adrenal gland, when she was 5. Her cancer went into remission three times, but returned each time, her mother said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 13, 2011
Larry Zarian - a former mayor and the first Armenian American to be elected to the Glendale City Council - died of blood cancer Thursday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. His family said in a statement that Zarian - who also had his own local cable show, “The Larry Zarian Forum” - was surrounded by relatives and friends as his favorite Frank Sinatra songs played at the time of his death, which was caused by aggressive multiple myeloma, a disease he kept secret from many.
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By Helen Kantor | November 23, 2007
A group of local moms have shed their clothes to pose for a 2008 calendar so that the proceeds from sales can go to a father and husband in Crescenta Valley battling with base of tongue squamous carcinoma, a type of cancer. Inspired by the movie ?Calendar Girls,? this group of women from a local mom?s group rallied around the husband of their friend when he was diagnosed with cancer in March of this year. The couple have two young children. After joking about the idea of a calendar featuring nude mothers in the group, Lisa Fenton, mother of five, asked herself, ?
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 25, 2014
It has been nearly one year since 10-year-old Grace Kesablak was diagnosed with cancer, and to honor her fight against the disease, hundreds of Glendale residents attended an event Monday night to celebrate her courage. Last April, Grace was diagnosed with a muscular cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma not long after her 10th birthday, stemming from a tumor discovered near her pelvic bone. PHOTOS: Kisses for Grace concert held to honor student Grace Kesablak's battle with cancer Since then, she's braved chemotherapy treatments and took time off school to recuperate - returning to La Crescenta's Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School just last week.
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By Chris Wiebe | July 10, 2006
More than 40 teams braved the blistering sun on Saturday to walk in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Robert Gross Park. This year's teams, each comprised of between 5 and 100 members, circled the dirt track around the park for 24 hours to raise money for cancer research. But the event represents far more than a fundraising opportunity, Relay for Life Co-Chair Dan Linegar said. "The main purpose is really honoring survivors," he said. "The more survivors we have, the more signs there are that there is hope ?
FEATURES
By Ani Amirkhanian | April 26, 2006
When La Crescenta resident Kate Natteel was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, she didn't let her illness prevent her from enjoying life. After her treatment for cancer, Natteel decided to get active and focus on maintaining a positive attitude. Natteel, 63, got a part-time clerical job at the Sparr Heights Community Center. Working helped her cope with her illness. She also put her knitting and crocheting skills to use to make scarves to give to those battling depression, cancer or any other illness.
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April 14, 2014
More than 200 people spent their weekend walking laps around Clark Magnet High School's athletic field for the annual Foothills Relay for Life. One of them was 74-year-old Elaine Collins, a breast cancer survivor. Her battle in 2006 was brief thanks to early detection, but since then the retired physical education and gymnastics teacher has signed up every year for the fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society. Borrowing from a saying she used during her career, the now retired Collins explained her motivation for walking toward her 11-mile goal.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 25, 2014
It has been nearly one year since 10-year-old Grace Kesablak was diagnosed with cancer, and to honor her fight against the disease, hundreds of Glendale residents attended an event Monday night to celebrate her courage. Last April, Grace was diagnosed with a muscular cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma not long after her 10th birthday, stemming from a tumor discovered near her pelvic bone. PHOTOS: Kisses for Grace concert held to honor student Grace Kesablak's battle with cancer Since then, she's braved chemotherapy treatments and took time off school to recuperate - returning to La Crescenta's Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School just last week.
NEWS
March 21, 2014
Good morning, readers. Today is Friday, March 21, 2014. Temperatures in the area are expected to reach a high of 67 and a low of 53 in the Glendale area, with a chance of drizzle. Here are your top headlines in the 818 region: A 53-year-old male transient, convicted of manslaughter in 1997, was arrested Thursday and booked under suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of a woman on a busy street in Glendale, police said. Christopher Wilke , a 12-year-old Burbank resident who was fighting a rare form of cancer, died Thursday at 9:33 a.m. A study on the potential construction of bridges along the Glendale Narrows area of the Los Angeles River - including one that may connect to Griffith Park - is set to begin following City Council approval this week of a $725,000 contract with an engineering firm.
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March 10, 2014
Good morning readers. Today is Monday, March 10. As you settle into the work week, check out these headlines from around the area:  Four strands of colorful beads dangled from Christopher Wilke's IV pole as he sat on the couch in his hospital room overlooking Los Angeles. The yellow beads - more than two dozen of them - represented the number of nights the 12-year-old Burbank resident has spent in the hospital in the last two months....
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 2, 2013
In January, 8-year-old Luke French will return to Lincoln Elementary after spending much of the past year recovering from cancer treatments that tested his strength and set him on a path toward recovery. In early December 2012, an MRI scan revealed two malignant tumors growing on Luke's brain. Weeks before the scan, Luke would unexpectedly throw up at school or at home, with the sudden illness taking hold of him as quickly as it seemed to leave, puzzling everyone around him. After hearing the diagnosis, Luke's parents were shocked.
COMMUNITY
November 15, 2013
Charlene Baer passed away November 03, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Jon Baer, son Matthew McGrady, daughter Zoë Baer, stepmother Dottie Hess, brothers Jeff Hess, Josh Johnson, and Andrew Hess, as well as three stepdaughters: Mindy Orosco, Tonya Piceno, and Trisha McGrady. For a full obituary, please visit www.ValleyFuneralHomeBurbank.com Charlene's Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2013. Contributions may be sent to www.weSPARK.org.
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By Connie K. Ho | October 18, 2013
The thought of cancer may bring doom and gloom for many people, but for Richard McDaniel, 67, and Gaspard “Frenchie” Sossoyan, 84, it's important to also inject laughter and warmth. McDaniel and Sossoyan are members of a breast cancer support group that meets at the Marcia Ray Breast Center at Glendale Memorial Hospital. Even though their wives have passed, the two continue to attend the meetings to show their support for members who are battling the disease. The group is in its 25th year and meets every second Thursday.
COMMUNITY
May 14, 2013
A "South Pasadena" girl, with only an outside shower, Doreen had a "Norman Rockwell" youth. As a young adult, she helped service men at the USO. She met Don while working the order desk. They married, had 2 girls and moved to Burbank. Doreen worked in the cafeteria at LBJH 74-76 and Macys, in Glendale 77-95. Stopping only after her first battle with cancer and having to take care of her elderly aunt. Doreen never made an enemy. Her motto was "kill them with kindness". She always had a loving ear to listen and encourage people.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 27, 2013
Leticia Avila's battle with cancer lasted three years. She died just days before Christmas at age 53, leaving behind two sons and two daughters, including her youngest, Maria Cruz Castaneda Avila. At 10 years old, the fifth-grader at Horace Mann Elementary - who goes by Mari - must now face a future without her parents, having lost her father five years ago to liver complications. But that doesn't mean the girl whom teachers describe as gifted, smart and driven will be alone. A teacher at Horace Mann Elementary has started a districtwide campaign to establish a college fund for Mari - who reads at the sixth-grade level - so her dreams of attending USC don't fade.
THE818NOW
October 15, 2012
More than 900 people took part in the American Cancer Society's 9th annual Relay for Life at the Scholl Canyon baseball fields in Glendale this weekend, helping to raise $85,000 for cancer research. At least one member of each team remained in the relay, which occurred from 10 a.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday. The walk began with a “Survivor's Lap,” in which dozens of cancer survivors rounded the first lap to cheers. “We're honoring them as well as remembering people who have been lost,” said event organizer Briana Maldonado.
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