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December 25, 2004
Jacqui Brown The planned Integrated Cancer Center at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is $500,000 closer to being built after a donation from a local philanthropist. Angelo Mozilo, chairman and chief executive officer of Countrywide Financial Corporation, and his wife, Phyllis, made the donation from the Mozilo Family Foundation for a personal reason. "Dr. Raul Mena has a very special place in the heart of the Mozilo family," Mozilo said.
July 6, 2005
Mark R. Madler As a breast cancer survivor, Hilary Star is well aware of the medical side of the battle against cancer. In taking part in the second annual Burbank Relay for Life this weekend, the Van Nuys resident will see another side in that fight. It's the side on which survivors mark recovery from diseases and loved ones remember those whose fate was not so fortunate. "I'm sure it will be something soulful and spiritual, where every feeling is prevalent within oneself and the other people," Star said.
October 21, 2000
Lolita Harper BURBANK -- If kids want to dress up as Burbank's newest heroines for Halloween, the costume is simple. It requires a T-shirt, shorts, a pair of tennis shoes and a pink ribbon to pin on their chest. That is the uniform four Burbank women wear while fighting breast cancer -- a villain that will kill an estimated 41,200 women this year alone. Joy Valento, 56, Sandy Sessinghouse, 53, Cathy Schwalm, 55, and Mary Searock, 53, plan to walk in the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day, a fund-raiser starting Friday in Santa Barbara and ending, three days and 60 miles later, in Malibu.
July 5, 2000
Irma Lemus MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center has opened a new Wellness Community Center to assist cancer patients and their families, hospital officials announced. The center, which opened June 21, provides cancer patients and their families support groups and education. When cancer strikes, patients must have every available tool in order to maximize their recovery and sense of well-being, hospital officials said.
By Rachel Kane | September 29, 2007
Students, teachers, administrators and staff members at John Burroughs High School this month are putting up a beautiful fight against breast cancer. They are working on a schoolwide project that incorporates art and social action by creating plaster casts of women’s torsos and decorating them to be sold at auction in late October to benefit the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation, Passionately Pink for the Cure. “It is so visual,” said Beth Morrison, one of the teachers at Burroughs who is leading the project.
December 19, 2001
Laura Sturza MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- On Dec. 11, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center began offering cancer screening using a Positron Emission Tomography machine, which is the first imaging option to detect if a person has cancer without performing a biopsy, officials said. "Previously, there was MRI, ultrasound and CAT [testing]," said James Carter, Providence's director of imaging. "The difference is, this shows what is going on, [whether] it's a cyst or a tumor.
December 4, 2004
Jacqui Brown Providence St. Joseph's Foundation fundraising efforts got another shot in the arm after Warner Bros. pledged $500,000 toward the construction of an Integrated Cancer Center. "This is one of the significant donations that brought us closer to the $5.5 million raised so far," said Philip DiNova, director of annual giving for the Foundation. The campaign, Excellence, Compassion and Healing, is hoping to raise $33.1 million to build the center that would serve the entire San Fernando Valley.
January 30, 2010
Decades of patronage from the local studios revealed its grandest form this week with the introduction of the new Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. As the first comprehensive cancer center in the San Fernando Valley, it is surely the crowning jewel for the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center — especially with a $36-million price tag. Amid all the pomp and circumstance that typically comes with opening a building of this scope and size, it might be easy to forget the long history the local studios have had in supporting St. Joseph.
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 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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