March 1, 2003
Molly Shore Andrea Wilson believes in fairies, especially blue ones. When the Burbank resident participates in the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, she will be running for a special blue fairy -- her younger sister, Adrienne Wilson, who died Oct. 9, 2001, of a rare liver cancer. Wilson created Blue Faery, the Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Assn., to raise money to find a cure for the disease -- hepatocellular carcinoma -- that claimed Adrienne's life.
December 17, 2003
Molly Shore Allison Hele is determined to make this holiday season as happy as she can for her father. It will not be easy, because 54-year- old Mike Hele, diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his neck in the summer of 2002, recently underwent surgery after the cancer spread to his throat. Hele's tongue and voice box were removed in a desperate attempt to save his life, but following the surgery he developed an infection and had to return to the hospital, where he is expected to remain until shortly before Christmas.
May 29, 2002
Alex Leon BURBANK HIGH -- Cassidi McCarty has a lot to live for. The 16-year-old Burbank High sophomore played junior varsity girls' soccer for the Bulldogs this season, was on the varsity softball team and recently made the varsity cheerleading squad for next year. But while her classmates are talking about the end of the school year and their plans for summer and the future, McCarty looks at those things tentatively after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease on Dec. 27, 2001.
November 25, 2000
Jody Kussin Delilah died. She must have been 98 in people years, but in doggy years, she was just plain old and tired. Delilah had been sick for years. When we first rescued her, for instance, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Against my wishes, my husband and children (and the vet who's mortgage payments we're personally responsible for making) decided she'd do well with a mastectomy. Amazingly, she recovered beautifully and went into a healthy remission.
December 16, 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.
October 27, 2007
BURBANK FARMERS MARKET HELD EVERY SATURDAY The Burbank Certified Farmers Market, held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, rain or shine, features 30 California farmers who sell fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, herbs, nuts, eggs, bakery goods, fresh berries and more. Market manager Carolyn Hill said the market is stronger than ever after 24 years. Part of the proceeds from the market help the Providence St. Joseph Foundation provide services to people who cannot afford medical care.
April 5, 2003
INSIDE/OUT You often hear that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. But if you're a Silva and male, another certainty is that you'll go bald at an early age. All of the men in my family possessed or possess the cue-ball gene -- my father, his father, my uncles, brothers and cousins all suffered the same, hairless fate. It's a fate we were destined at birth to meet and meet soon. No one escapes. It isn't an easy thing, to be bald in a society that worships youth and beauty.
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. 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. In total, there were nearly 300 beads. “It's like I've been through a lot,” Christopher said while looking at the strands that symbolized his life story since Jan. 4. That's the day the David Starr Jordan Middle School student was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct.
March 4, 2009
For families struggling on already skimpy budgets, putting a child through expensive cancer treatments can be a near-impossible feat. For the nonprofits that assist those families, the spiraling economy has presented its own challenges. And so representatives for the PADRES Contra El Cancer organization were only too happy to accept a $200,000 check Saturday from AT&T executives at a downtown branch in Burbank. Dressed in a smart beige skirt with shortly cropped hair, the diminutive actress Eva Longoria Parker of “Desperate Housewives” was nearly dwarfed by the oversized check.