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March 15, 2003
Molly Shore Dan Linegar has been cancer-free for five years. He is one of the fortunate people who survived esophageal cancer, a particularly vicious form of the disease that typically strikes middle-age white men, and offers no better than a 20% survival rate. Linegar, 57, who recently lost a friend to the same type of cancer and thinks he is about to lose another one, will join community members at a rally Wednesday night to plan Burbank's first Relay for Life, a 24-hour festival to raise cancer awareness.
By By Joyce Rudolph | October 19, 2005
dr mena honoredBeloved oncologist Dr. Raul R. Mena honored at Providence St. Joseph Guild's `Autumn Gala.' A record 200 attendees gathered Saturday for the Autumn Gala to recognize oncologist Raul R. Mena for his exceptional care of patients over the past 24 years at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and his work with cancer research. "Dr. Mena is special to an awful lot of people," said Terry Campbell, president of the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Guild, which sponsored the event.
By Lauren Hilgers | April 29, 2006
It's a rare 4-year-old who can incite a bidding war. But Fyn Stec, the son of an animator at Nickelodeon Studios, didn't have to budge from his spot in the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to fill the halls of the Cartoon Network Building in Burbank last weekend with savvy bidders, all vying to take home the art that covered the walls. "This was all word-of-mouth," said Cindy Morrow, a family friend and storyboard artist at the Cartoon Network. "I thought there would be about 40 pieces ?
March 7, 2001
Tim Willert BURBANK VILLAGE -- Even when he was sick, there was nothing average about Burbank firefighter Mark Shima. When Shima was diagnosed with cancer about six months ago, he attacked his new assignment with the same fervor he did fires. Shima, known as Tony throughout the fire department, died of complications from colon cancer Sunday at his home in Redondo Beach. He was 40. "He did everything you could ask of a firefighter," Assistant Chief Ray Krakowski said Monday.
By Christopher Cadelago | December 19, 2009
Roy Edward Disney, who despite toiling for decades in the shadow of his famous uncle put his stamp on the Walt Disney Co. through the revival of its renowned animation unit and charitable contributions, lost his battle with cancer Wednesday. He was 79. Remembered as a shy man who favored cardigan sweaters over a power suit, Roy Disney’s presence across the region grew with time, along with his public persona, observers said. The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, slated to open on the Burbank Providence St. Joseph Medical Center campus in February, received a major shot in the arm when he and ex-wife Patty provided a $10-million endowment to fund its construction.
By Chris Wiebe | August 2, 2006
BURBANK ? Two distinct religious traditions with a history of partnership in Burbank came together on Saturday for a benefit concert to raise money for a Macedonian woman who has liver cancer. St. Jude's Episcopal Church and Temple Beth Emet have fostered a cooperative relationship since Temple Beth appealed to St. Jude's for a place to celebrate some special religious ceremonies, St. Jude's Rector, Father Chuck Mitchell, said "Temple Beth was looking for a place to have high holy days," he said.
July 6, 2005
Relay for life Saturday Burbank's second annual Relay for Life will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Robert Gross Park, 2800 W. Empire Ave. For 24 hours, teams representing local Burbank businesses, churches, clubs, special interest organizations, and families and friends will come together to participate in the event to promote cancer awareness through education and to raise funds for the fight against...
November 13, 2002
Teen Scene offers fun Fridays MAGNOLIA PARK -- Burbank students can meet friends at Verdugo Recreation Center's ongoing Teen Scene Friday Nights, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program, sponsored by the city's Park, Recreation and Community Services Department, is open to students 10 to 15. The children meet in the center's gym to participate in crafts, sports, cooking and games, including volleyball, indoor baseball,...
October 10, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- A new class for women suffering from cancer will be offered in Burbank later this month. A free fitness class, Lying Down and Letting Go, will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays in the Lockheed Conference Room at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, 501 S. Buena Vista St. in Burbank. The first session will be Oct. 15, and classes will offer help through a gentle fitness program designed for women in any stage of recovery.
August 2, 2008
Cancer center to offer variety of treatments When the new Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center opens next spring, patients will be able to receive standard and alternative treatments. Lisa M. Schwartz will be the medical director of the integrative medicine program that will offer cancer patients complimentary therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga, tai chi and nutritional counseling. The center will also provide conventional treatments such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | April 8, 2014
Hundreds of local residents raised nearly $10,000 for the Talbert Family Foundation on Saturday during a 5K walk at David Starr Jordan Middle School held in honor of Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old boy who died last month after battling a rare form of cancer . Christopher was a student at the school, where more than 400 people participated in the walk. The event started with a warm-up led by Christopher's physical education teacher and class. "There was just a huge feeling of support and emotion," said Principal Stacy Cashman.
By Sameea Kamal, | March 25, 2014
Services for Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old Burbank resident who died last week after battling a rare form of cancer , will be held on Thursday and Friday. A rosary and vigil will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and a funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, both at the St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Burbank. Christopher's father, Joe Wilke, said he passed away peacefully last Thursday . “He wasn't in any pain,” he said. “He was resting comfortably and surrounded by his family.” Diagnosed in early January, Christopher was the first patient on record at Children's Hospital Los Angeles - and among the youngest patients ever - to be diagnosed with a pure cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct, according to Dr. Hung Tran, the hospital's pediatric oncologist and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC's Keck School of Medicine.
March 20, 2014
Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old Burbank resident who was fighting a rare form of cancer , died Thursday at 9:33 a.m. "He passed peacefully this morning, he wasn't in any pain," said his father, Joe Wilke. "He was resting comfortably and surrounded by his family. " Christopher was diagnosed in early January.  He was the first patient on record at Children's Hospital Los Angeles - and among the youngest patients ever - to be diagnosed with a pure cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct, according to Dr. Hung Tran, the hospital's pediatric oncologist and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC's Keck School of Medicine.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | March 4, 2014
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. PHOTOS: Burbank 12-year-old's battle with rare form of cancer 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. The white ones stood for each round of chemotherapy. The black beads: every time he's been poked. Silver: every clergy visit.
By Barbara Jacoby | October 30, 2013
Virtually all Californians will know someone whose life is touched by breast cancer. One in eight women - or nearly 12% of all women - will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-most common form of cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death for women. Six years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Like many women, I felt a lump in my breast and I called my doctor the next day to schedule an examination. A large mass was detected and within 31/2 weeks, I had a lumpectomy, a common surgical procedure designed to remove a lump from the affected breast.
By Emin Avakian | October 22, 2013
BURBANK - The Providence High girls' volleyball team continued its solid play this month, cruising to a 25-15, 25-19, 25-23 sweep over Buckley in a Liberty League match on Tuesday afternoon. The Pioneers have won five of seven matches in October. Moreover, they have not lost a game in four of the five wins. The latest effort had the Pioneers improve their league record to 3-1 - good for third place in the Liberty League standings behind Pacifica Christian and Archer School, which Providence defeated in five games on October 14. Lorena Ubillus led the Pioneers with nine kills in the win over the Griffins.
October 24, 2012
Police officials and other employees at Bob Hope Airport on Tuesday donated a combined $2,125 to a 6-year-old girl who -- having been diagnosed with a form of pediatric kidney cancer -- has been raising funds for cancer research. It all started with a goal to raise $300 at her lemonade stand. But as word of Aleyna Doche's campaign spread, the money poured in. On the first day, she raised more than $1,500 alone. Since then, Aleyna's little lemonade stand has grown into quite the fundraising operation.
October 2, 2012
Aleyna Doche stood behind jugs of pink and yellow lemonade on Saturday, filling cups for more than 150 friends, family and passersby all afternoon. In June, the 6-year-old was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a form of pediatric kidney cancer. Her goal was to raise $300 in lemonade sales to donate to pediatric cancer research. By the end of the day, Aleyna had collected more than $1,500. And checks are still coming in. “I can't believe how much lemonade we sold,” Aleyna wrote on her blog,
September 9, 2012
Roz Teller, a local Democratic activist, died Aug. 31 after a short battle with lung cancer. She was a member of the Los Angeles Democratic Party Central Committee, serving on the resolutions and judicial interview committees. She was also a member of the California Democratic Party Executive Board and the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, serving as the credentials chairwoman. Last year, she was named a Democratic Volunteer of the Year. Professionally, Teller was a consultant to nonprofit organizations.
By Megan O'Neil, | July 28, 2012
It started with headaches and exhaustion. Then, in October, straight-A student Emily Barnett began falling asleep during class at Burroughs High School, and on a couple of occasions, she didn't make it to campus at all. By Thanksgiving, her mother, Lisa Barnett, was worried enough to push for a CAT scan, which revealed a cancerous brain tumor. “It was all up and down her spine,” Lisa Barnett said. The discovery set in motion an agonizing treatment regimen that began on Dec. 8 with brain surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
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