August 5, 2011
Never will the term “life-blood of the community” be more appropriate than it will be this Sunday. Hundreds of people are expected to turn out at Saint Finbar's Catholic Church to donate blood in honor of 5-year-old Matthew Fernandez, a student at the school who is fighting leukemia. His cause - first rallied around by the school's parent community - has now expanded well beyond the campus and into Burbank and the Greater L.A. region after his plight was picked up on local media outlets and Facebook, where hundreds of people of expressed interest in lending a pint.
February 16, 2011
It is now East meets West for cancer patients at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, which recently started offering acupuncture and other supplementary treatments through a new educational partnership. Interns from Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica started working in the Integrative Medicine Department at Saint Joseph's in early January as part of new partnership at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. The merging of Western medical technology, such as chemotherapy and radiation, and Eastern treatment practices, such as acupuncture, to treat patients is exactly where Christopher Ruth, one of only two interns chosen to work at the Burbank cancer center, said he wanted to be. "When I first started out, I always knew I wanted to be somewhere with Western healing in addition to acupuncture," Ruth said.
July 30, 2010
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) this week announced the allocation of $1 million for a cancer treatment program for young adults at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. The funds, included in the federal Defense Appropriations bill, would be used to establish a medical home for young cancer patients. The bill still needs to pass through several more legislative hurdles before the funds reach Burbank. The Adolescent and Young Adults Oncology Program at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center opened in February and is the first comprehensive cancer facility in the San Fernando Valley catering to cancer patients between the ages of 18 and 39. The new in-patient unit funded through Schiff’s earmark would be a joint venture with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
October 2, 2009
BURBANK — It’s been two years since Brittney Edwards was diagnosed with brain cancer at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Now, she’s giving back. The 20-year-old serves as a volunteer at the hospital, which this week announced a partnership with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group to treat young adults with cancer. “I think it will be very uplifting to be around other people the same age,” said Edwards, a student at Glendale Community College.
December 16, 2006
W ith the holidays upon us, do you find yourselves getting caught up in the frenzy over shopping and gifts and all the related hustle and bustle? How do you deal with it, and do you worry that the true messages of the season get lost? My wife and I are both pastors and we serve different churches. That brings an added burden during the Christmas season because there are two of everything. That's two churches to decorate, two choir concerts, and the community outreach and mission projects to attend to as well as the regular meetings and worship preparations, both weekly and the special services to handle.
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.
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.
February 1, 2006
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center nurse honored for her work with cancer patients.MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- When Cindy Mark started working at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in April 1994, she figured it would be a good stepping stone in her nursing career. Nearly 12 years later, Mark remains at the medical center, caring for patients in the oncology department, a position she said is not for everyone. "If a nurse found that working here was too much, they wouldn't be staying too long," said Mark, a native of Los Angeles in the process of moving to Glendale.
October 1, 2005
The Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Guild will have its annual Fall Dinner Dance, "Autumn Gala," on Oct. 15 at Lakeside Golf Club. Honored guest is Dr. Raul Mena, who has treated cancer patients from all over the world at Providence St Joseph Medical Center for 24 years and is also involved in cancer research. Music will be provided by Victor Cisneros Orchestra and entertainment by Dale Gonyea. Proceeds go to the guild's $1 million pledge for the Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center.