January 3, 2012
Naomi Smith, a four-year-old Glendale resident with leukemia, was granted a wish to visit three Florida theme parks by the Kids Wish Network, a national children's charity. Naomi was two when she experienced cold-like symptoms that wouldn't go away. Her pediatrician discovered that Naomi suffered from acute lymphocyctic leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. Frequent blood transfusions followed and during that time, when Naomi began a strict regimen of medications, her twin sister Sophie comforted her the most.
March 10, 2001
Lolita Harper LA CRESCENTA -- Zachary Haberl is not your average 5-year-old. He has undergone radiation three times a day, for the last four days. He will then be subjected to two more days of intense chemotherapy. However agonizing the treatments may seem, Zac understands they are necessary to prepare him for his bone marrow transplant Wednesday at the City of Hope hospital in Duarte. The combination of radiation and chemotherapy is designed to kill all his existing bone marrow.
October 19, 2010
Shayan Reodica Jr. has spent more of his life in the hospital than he has at home. His parents are hoping to end that trend by finding a bone-marrow match to help the 7-month-old boy beat leukemia. His mother, Jessica Reodica, who works at the call center at Glendale Water and Power, is hosting a match event Wednesday with her family at First Baptist Church in Glendale. They will host a second event Thursday at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. "The leukemia is in remission now," Reodica said.
February 23, 2008
After a five-month hospital stay, grueling chemotherapy treatments and a cord blood transplant, 11-year-old Patrick Aghaian is back at home and leukemia-free. Patrick was diagnosed in June with acute myelogenous leukemia, an aggressive kind of blood cancer, said his father, Edwin Aghaian. He is still recovering his strength, and he’s being home-schooled this year, but “the big nightmare” of combating the disease is over for now, Aghaian said. As he watched his son undergo treatments for leukemia, Aghaian said he learned about the medical research that was still needed in developing treatments and cures for blood cancer like his son’s.
August 19, 2010
Jordan Serwin was 2 when his parents learned the La Cañada Flintridge boy had leukemia. He was 6 when an unusual treatment, a transplant of blood cells from an umbilical cord and placenta of a woman in New York, stopped the disease and set his life on a normal track. "We went from having little hope that he would live to be 7 to finding the needle in the haystack," said Meghan Flanz, Serwin's mother. Serwin is now 20, and a man who lived a few houses away from his family, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D- La Cañada Flintridge)
July 21, 2006
As of July 13, former Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station Sgt. Randy Rousseau is still in the hospital recovering from his third round of chemotherapy treatments in his fight against leukemia. "He is trying to let his immune system go up," Deputy Keith Gibbons said. Rousseau was originally diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. Since then he has been in and out of the hospital, receiving treatments and battling infections. He returned to work in March 2005 but suffered a relapse and was admitted back to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.
April 8, 2006
Runner earns funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society After he ran and finished the Honolulu Marathon on Dec. 11 in Hawaii, C.J. Foster of Glendale is in training again to run the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on June 4. He runs as a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training to raise funds for the society. He finished the December event in five hours, 51 minutes and earned $4,200 for the society. This time, the minimum he has to raise is $2,100. His employer, California Pizza Kitchen, 101 N. Brand Blvd.
January 17, 2001
Claudia Peschiutta LA CRESCENTA -- Zachary Haberl is an expert on drugs with names he can't even spell. He knows all about medical procedures he's too young to read about. The 5-year-old has been fighting leukemia for nearly three years and is waiting for the bone marrow transplant that could get him to 6, and beyond. Linda Haberl of La Crescenta knows she is unlikely to find a matching donor for her grandson in the area, but she and others are putting on two local blood drives to help Zac and others with leukemia.
November 10, 2003
Gary Moskowitz The guest of honor this weekend at R.D. White Elementary School was a llama named Chester. Chester, on loan from the Los Angeles-based Studio Animal Service company, was available for pictures and petting Saturday during R.D. White's annual Harvest Festival. Chester appeared in the Eddie Murphy movie "Daddy Day Care." The school's Parent-Teacher Assn. organized and sponsored the festival, which included food, games, a silent auction and karaoke.
February 15, 2001
Gary Moskowitz SOUTHWEST GLENDALE -- Jerry Mietus, 46, understands the brevity, and beauty, of life all too well. Mietus, hospitalized for acute leukemia and about to begin a second wave of chemotherapy treatments, married Cynthia Aguilar in his hospital room on Valentine's Day. The couple met in 2000 in Chicago and had planned to be married this year, when Mietus began to get sick and was diagnosed with leukemia....