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By Veronica Rocha | March 17, 2009
Maria Elena Vazquez has battled colon cancer for more than two years and has remained positive through extensive hospital stays and a near overdose from excessive treatment of chemotherapy. The 43-year-old mother of two, who was born in Glendale, will not let cancer overrun her life, she said. “I have been active all of my life,” Vazquez said. She was a flamenco dancer, had her own dance company and was able to go back to work when she was diagnosed . But this time, her body is too tired for dancing, she said.
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By by monica lee valley sun | December 12, 2008
The holidays have arrived — even at the most unexpected of places. At the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, it was apparent what the celebration was all about, even to a first-timer. The red and green balloons inside the Cooper Auditorium were the telltale signs of a holiday party, and the room pulsed with the clamor of children, clad in colorful pajamas and slippers. Together, they summed up a delightful, festive scene. The Holiday Pajama Party is sponsored annually by the Desi Geestman Foundation for the pediatric cancer patients at City of Hope.
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January 7, 2006
organsThe Slipper Club of the First Congregational Church of Glendale crocheted and knitted items for young cancer patients at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Items like blankets, hats, scarves are handmade for babies and teens and delivered in time for distribution during the holidays. This year, the club made 64 sets of hats and scarves and 24 blankets. Founded five years ago by Anita Lim, the club as 12 members. It is named for the colorful Chinese slippers that Lim gives to each new member.
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By Mary O’Keefe | April 18, 2008
Lanterman Auditorium in La Cañada will be the venue April 19 when Lineage Dance performs "Dancing Through the Ages" as a benefit for the Desi Geestman Foundation. Curtain time is 8 p.m. The foundation was formed in 1999 in memory of the Desi Geestman, a 12-year-old La Crescenta girl who died of neuroblastoma. The foundation has helped cancer patients and their families with support both financially and emotionally. "We work with so many charities throughout the year," said Hilary Thomas, Lineage artistic director.
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January 3, 2001
Alex Coolman LA CRESCENTA -- It's hard enough for a cancer patient to cope with a life full of hospital visits, but for a patient who has trouble finding transportation, just getting to the hospital can seem like an insurmountable obstacle. That's the argument of the La Crescenta-based Desi Geestman Foundation, a group that aids children with cancer. The foundation is putting together a program to help cancer patients deal with transportation problems.
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By Veronica Rocha | June 15, 2009
Cancer patient Roobina Ohaniansaki used moldable clay to create delicate and detailed flowers, which she painted and adhered to a canvas. Ohaniansaki’s 3D-style mixed-use artwork left art aficionados in awe at Sunday’s Lilly Oncology on Canvas exhibition at Glendale Memorial Hospital. Her artistic abilities served as healing for her as she went through chemotherapy and treatments for lymphoma, which she has battled for nine years. “This is helping me stop thinking about cancer,” the Glendale resident said.
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By Joyce Rudolph | October 14, 2006
Cancer has touched David McCullough's family five times and now he's doing something to help cancer patients and their families better cope with this tragic disease. A portrait and commercial photographer, McCullough is taking portraits of people in his Glendale studio and donating the proceeds to the Wellness Community Foothills for its cancer support programs. McCullough lost a brother and grandmother to cancer. He, his mother and his sister battled with it, but survived.
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June 19, 2004
Four years ago, Wanda Davis was terrified when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having endured surgery and radiation therapy, Davis was beaming Friday while posing for pictures with Ted Kennedy Jr. during Glendale Adventist Medical Center's Cancer Survivors' Day celebration. Cancer patients, survivors and their friends and families were invited to the event at the hospital's main auditorium. Kennedy, who was 12 when he lost a leg to bone cancer in 1973, was one of the guest speakers, and several members of the community were honored for their contributions in supporting cancer services at the hospital.
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By By Tania Chatila | December 2, 2005
Crescenta Valley girls' soccer team to hand out pajamas they collected to cancer patients. LA CRESCENTA -- For cancer patients at the City of Hope, pajamas are something of a priority. "A lot of time, patients are admitted suddenly and they get those hospital gowns that are open in the back, and they are cold," Glendale resident Kim Villa said. And that's why when Villa asked Desi Geestman -- of the Desi Geestman Foundation, which supports cancer patients -- what she and the girls' soccer teams at Crescenta Valley High School could do to brighten pediatric cancer patients' lives, they came up with pajamas.
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March 22, 2001
Amber Willard NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Arcadio Escobedo wasn't expecting flowers with his visit to Glendale Adventist Medical Center for cancer treatment. "It's a really nice gesture," he said through a Spanish translator of the bright yellow daffodils he received as part of the American Cancer Society's Gift of Hope program. Wednesday was the first day of the program that allows anonymous donors to contribute money to buy flowers for cancer patients.
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By Joyce Rudolph | November 26, 2013
Four cancer survivors were lauded for their strength in battling the disease during the Courage Awards luncheon earlier this month at the Brandview Connection. The event was presented by the Glendale Adventist Medical Center's Dr. Norick Bogossian Cancer Care Guild, which was established by the Glendale Medical Center Foundation. The guild raises funds for patient support services at the Glendale Adventist Cancer Center. The support services are offered for free to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, even if they are not being treated at Glendale Adventist.
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By Joyce Rudolph | October 29, 2013
A group of local teens came up with a delicious way to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They baked scrumptious cupcakes, cake pops, cookies and pastries and sold them at Verdugo Park on Sunday morning. Items were displayed beautifully on tiered plates and wrapped in cellophane tied with pink ribbon. Cancer survivor Ella Boghossian said the idea for “Benefit Bake” came from her daughter Michelle Boghossian, 13, an eighth-grader at Wilson Middle School, and Michelle's friend Sione Markarian, 13, who is in the eighth grade at a private school.
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By Ruth Sowby | June 12, 2012
TV host Mayte Prida, a Miami transplant from Mexico City, survived four bouts of cancer. For her first cancer diagnosis, third-stage breast cancer, she had no medical insurance. Her father gave her the money to get a second opinion, during which a malignant tumor was discovered growing on one of her kidneys. Her third bout - lung cancer. Her fourth bout - uterine cancer. In 2010, her 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. “Latinos are diagnosed with breast cancer less but die the most,” Prida said.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 2, 2011
A tranquil garden area built by a local teenager in honor of her grandmother, a breast cancer survivor, will serve as a cancer treatment refuge for other patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Kristine Seuylemezian, a junior at La Cañada High School, built the garden area to earn her Gold Award in the Girl Scouts, but the reward has been about much more than a one-time honor, she said. Kristine said she wanted to create something for people to enjoy for years to come.
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By David Laurell | May 20, 2011
Former Burbank Police Capt. Janice Lowers walked in memory of her mother and two former colleagues, and to celebrate the fight for survival of two dear friends. Laureen Endoso did it as a tribute to her late husband, Kenny, who lost his battle with cancer last August. As for Cheryl Pranskevich, Vanja Strojnik and Julieanne Courtenay, a trio of physical therapists from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center who are all cancer survivors, they did it to prove that there is, in fact, life — a happy and healthy life — to be lived after beating the disease.
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By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | October 2, 2010
Some of Broadway's brightest stars will shine on the Alex Theatre stage Monday in "Broadway Tonight!" Eric McCormack of TV's "Will & Grace" and Broadway's "Music Man," and Stephanie J. Block and Megan Hilty of "Wicked" are among those who will be singing and dancing, said Barbara Epstein, producer and director. "For 'Broadway Tonight,' you are seeing all of them in one night in a fabulous show," Epstein said. The event will raise funds for weSPARK Cancer Support Center in Sherman Oaks, founded by actress Wendie Jo Sperber.
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August 14, 2010
Girl Scout Kristine Locker , of La Cañada Flintridge, a senior at Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada Flintridge, refurbished Ingeborg's Place Apart — a relaxing area for cancer patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Completing the project earned her the Girl Scout's Gold Award. Kristine took on the task of refurbishing the room with new paint, flat-screen TV and sconces for wig models. She raised all the funds for this project by recycling — which she started in her freshman year.
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November 18, 2009
The 2010 Tournament of Roses Royal Court paid one of its first ambassadorial visits Tuesday to cancer patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Flanked by their queen, Natalie Innocenzi, a student at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada Flintridge, the court made its rounds at the hospital, injecting a sense of glitz and glamour to the sterile hallways in the weeks leading up to the Rose Parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1. The court had lunch with cancer survivors, toured rooms and told patients “they’d be waving to them” on the Rose Parade route, said Alicia Gonzalez, a hospital spokeswoman.
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By Veronica Rocha | June 15, 2009
Cancer patient Roobina Ohaniansaki used moldable clay to create delicate and detailed flowers, which she painted and adhered to a canvas. Ohaniansaki’s 3D-style mixed-use artwork left art aficionados in awe at Sunday’s Lilly Oncology on Canvas exhibition at Glendale Memorial Hospital. Her artistic abilities served as healing for her as she went through chemotherapy and treatments for lymphoma, which she has battled for nine years. “This is helping me stop thinking about cancer,” the Glendale resident said.
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By Veronica Rocha | March 17, 2009
Maria Elena Vazquez has battled colon cancer for more than two years and has remained positive through extensive hospital stays and a near overdose from excessive treatment of chemotherapy. The 43-year-old mother of two, who was born in Glendale, will not let cancer overrun her life, she said. “I have been active all of my life,” Vazquez said. She was a flamenco dancer, had her own dance company and was able to go back to work when she was diagnosed . But this time, her body is too tired for dancing, she said.
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