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.
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.
June 13, 2007
The invitation promised conversation with key physicians from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center over fine wine and tapas, and that is exactly what major supporters of the hospital's Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center were treated to on Sunday evening. Toluca Lake's Eight-18 restaurant served as the venue for the sunset event that sprawled from the bar to the establishment's back patio. Staged to show gratitude to those whose generosity will make the new cancer center a reality, the cocktail party was hosted by Eight-18 owner Brad Roen and his partners Darin and Lelia Meadows . Roy and Patricia Disney have pledged $10 million to Providence St. Joseph Foundation to build the cancer center that is slated to open in late 2008.
August 19, 2006
The Kiwanis Club of Burbank celebrated 83 years of community service at its ninth annual gala on July 15 at the Lakeside Golf Club. Familiar face and news anchor Paul Moyer of NBC News was an outstanding master of ceremonies and guided some 280 members, friends and grateful patients through the evening's program. Raul Mena and Christopher Rose , doctors at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, were the evening's honorees. The doctors have set the standard for cancer-patient treatment and community leadership for many years and they were driving forces behind bringing the new Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center to fruition.