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By Anita Susan Brenner | January 12, 2011
I met Hunter Shelden in the early 1980s. I was defending a criminal case. The case had causation issues and Dr. Shelden, a world-known neurosurgeon, agreed to review the case as an expert. I knew that Dr. Shelden began his career as a Navy doctor. During World War II, he chaired the neurosurgical service at the United States Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. At Bethesda, he began a lifelong collaboration with Dr. Robert Pudenz. Eventually, Drs. Shelden and Pudenz both left the Navy and moved their families to Pasadena.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | December 6, 2012
Friends and La Cañada Flintridge neighbors turned out at La Cañada Presbyterian Church on Monday to bid farewell to resident Don Rhymer, a noted television and movie writer who chronicled his bout with cancer on his own humorous and insightful blog, “Let's Radiate Don.” Rhymer, 51, died of cancer on Nov. 29 at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, according to friends. Rhymer wrote for several television shows, including the comedies “Valerie” and “Hearts Afire,” before moving onto movies and having success with the “Big Momma's House” series of comedies, “The Santa Clause,” “Rio” and several other films.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2007
The 11th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, a walk and run to benefit the Los Angeles County Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, will take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Omore than 15,000 women and men will participate, including numerous celebrity supporters. Recent celebrities have included Jennifer Love Hewitt, Marg Helgenberger, Christina Applegate, Mary Steenburgen and others. Entry fees are $40 for adults and $30 for children and seniors, with a $5 discount if paid before Feb. 17. All participants receive a commemorative bib and T-shirt.
FEATURES
February 1, 2007
The Circle of Huntington Memorial Hospital recently donated $150,000 toward the purchase of a Computed Tomography Simulation (CTS) scanner, which will be used treat patients with breast and other forms of cancer at Pasadena-based Huntington Memorial Hospital. The Circle is a non-profit organization made up of women from Pasadena and surrounding cities and has raised more than $1 million for Huntington Memorial over the last 16 years. "We deeply appreciate how hard The Circle works to raise funds for our hospital," said Stephen Ralph, president and CEO of Huntington Memorial Hospital.
NEWS
May 24, 2007
Sixty physicians gathered at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) recently for an update on liver diseases, including liver cancer and its rising incidence rates and to hear distinguished guest speaker Dr. Willis Maddrey, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he also serves as vice president for clinical affairs, discuss the growing problem of Hepatitis C and liver cancer....
NEWS
December 28, 2006
Losing weight continues to be one of the most popular New Year's resolutions, which is not surprising given that more than 66 percent of Americans are considered overweight or obese. The physicians at Arroyo Seco Medical Group, with offices in Arcadia, Pasadena and Glendale, are encouraging resolution-makers to post these eight reasons why it's important to lose the excess weight in a place where they see it every day. Reduce the risk of certain cancers ? Excess weight has been shown to increase the risk of developing breast cancer, uterine cancer, esophageal cancer, colon cancer and kidney cancer, among others.
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By Anita Susan Brenner | August 2, 2007
The news came quickly, as bad news often does, in an e-mail. The message: "We lost our beloved rabbi emerita, Carole Meyers today." There is a branch of theology that addresses these kinds of losses. Theodicy is the study of why bad things happen to good people. Good people like Rabbi Carole Meyers, an inspirational woman who led Temple Sinai of Glendale for 15 years. She resigned in 2001 to devote herself to her husband and two young children. There are few females in the rabbinate and Rabbi Meyers was the first woman to lead a congregation in Los Angeles.
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By Anita Susan Brenner | October 22, 2009
Last Thursday, I dashed back to La Cañada to attend a tea at the La Cañada Thursday Club. That morning, I had dropped off six dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies for the tea. Despite a busy work schedule, I wanted to reconnect with the ladies. In case you are a newcomer, or have been living under a rock, the La Cañada Thursday Club is a women’s social club, founded in October 1912 by Elizabeth Frances Knight. When I was president of the Thursday Club, we did a lot of charity, including substantial scholarship awards, but the outside world did not intrude into the meetings.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2006
MacGregor Realty, Inc., donated the money raised from their Silent Auction Christmas Party and Fundraiser at a recent office meeting. The Desi Geestman Foundation provides support and transportation for families whose children are being treated for cancer. The foundation offers, among other forms of assistance, transportation, grocery certificates and day care for other children in the home while the parents are caring for the child with cancer. "This is such a worthwhile foundation," said Jan Vallier, manager on call at MacGregor Realty.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | March 19, 2014
Hair today, gone tomorrow - that was the case for five teachers and 15 students at La Cañada High School Monday afternoon, who went under the razor for a worthy cause. Members of the Bridge Program, an on-campus peer counseling group, held a head-shaving event to raise funds for pediatric cancer research through the nonprofit St. Baldrick's Foundation. PHOTOS: St. Baldrick's Day head-shaving at La Cañada High School In front of the North gym, students set up four chairs on a white drop cloth, each with its own electric razor.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | August 21, 2013
Attorney Michael Thomas O'Callaghan, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who was active in many local organizations, died last week in Pasadena. He was 49. O'Callaghan passed away on Aug. 12 after a long battle with lung cancer, his sister, Margaret O'Callaghan, said. He was never a smoker, she noted. Throughout the whole ordeal O'Callaghan maintained a good attitude and remained optimistic, his sister said. “He was just an incredible guy,” she said. “He always had a smile on his face, no matter how bad he was feeling.” O'Callaghan lived in the city for more than a decade and was active in community organizations and institutions in La Cañada, including St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church and Descanso Gardens.
COMMUNITY
July 11, 2013
Cancer Support Community Pasadena will honor local women who have been affected by cancer at an event in September. The third annual "Ladies Night Out" will take place at Pandora on Green on 33 W. Green St. in Pasadena. Activities start at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. The non-profit organization offers free support services for those diagnosed with cancer and their families. "The revenue from the event will touch the lives of many people," Meg Symes, director of events and special gifts for Cancer Support Community Pasadena, said in a statement.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | December 6, 2012
Friends and La Cañada Flintridge neighbors turned out at La Cañada Presbyterian Church on Monday to bid farewell to resident Don Rhymer, a noted television and movie writer who chronicled his bout with cancer on his own humorous and insightful blog, “Let's Radiate Don.” Rhymer, 51, died of cancer on Nov. 29 at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, according to friends. Rhymer wrote for several television shows, including the comedies “Valerie” and “Hearts Afire,” before moving onto movies and having success with the “Big Momma's House” series of comedies, “The Santa Clause,” “Rio” and several other films.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 9, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge resident Andrew Torres was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy's Class of 2002, which was preparing for a military career when the 9/11 terror strikes occurred. Many of his classmates went on to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Torres ended up fighting his battle at home. During that school year, Torres was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. He died in April 2004 at age 23. Torres' courageous effort to complete his studies and carry on is now chronicled in a book capturing the wide range of experiences of the Naval Academy Class of 2002, “In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice and Service from America's Longest War.” The chapter was written by his mother, Valley Sun columnist Anita Brenner, with the help of his sister, Rachel Torres.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 2, 2011
When La Cañada Flintridge resident Nancy Illian went to the doctorseven and half years ago with concern over an issue with her menstrual period, she knew she wasn't just wasting time. Forty-eight at the time, Illian had been the opposite of a hypochondriac up to that point in her life, only visiting the doctor when absolutely necessary. Her doctor told her not to worry, so she went home. However, after finding herself uncomfortably bloated, Illian went back, only to have the doctor tell her to do some sit-ups to relieve the problem.
ENTERTAINMENT
Nancy Turney | June 15, 2011
Q. I have lived in Southern California all my life and always been a sun worshiper. Should I be concerned about skin cancer?   We all should be concerned about skin cancer. Nearly one in five Americans is expected to develop some type of skin cancer in his or her lifetime. Ten thousand people die from the disease each year. With the thinning of the ozone layer, tanning is now a year-round skin danger. Many people assume that a tan protects them, when in fact a tan is actually a sign of skin damage.
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By Anita Brenner | May 11, 2011
Two local men, Lawrence Park and Geoff Chandler, have started an online competition. Lawrence and Geoff graduated from Flintridge Prep with the Class of 1998. They were friends of my late son, Andrew Torres, who died of cancer. They have set up a cancer fundraising site at http://www.crowdrise.com/andrewtorresmemorial. The site augments the Andrew Torres Memorial Golf Tournament, to be held next Monday at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Design-wise, the site is pretty cool, but the content is way cooler: “We all remember Andrew Torres as a family member, friend, Marine and classmate.
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By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | March 24, 2011
Veterans and those new to yoga gathered Sunday to unite in the fight against lung cancer and breathe as one. The inaugural Free to Breathe Yogathon at Descanso Gardens raised funds for the National Lung Cancer Partnership to support research, education and awareness programs. As yoga places its focus on breath, organizers said it was the perfect choice for the event because lung cancer robs its victims of the ability to breathe. Many of those rolling out their yoga mats in Van de Kamp Hall were co-workers of event organizer Stephanie Gatschet of Burbank and star of daytime drama “All My Children.” Others attending were fans of the show and people Gatschet has met through her affiliation with the partnership.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine, Special to the Valley Sun | March 2, 2011
Most people selectively remain in the dark about lung cancer until, by a twist of fate, they are forced to learn. For Stephanie Gatschet, that moment came in 2006, when her mother and best friend, Nancy, was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer. “Now I know more about lung cancer than I ever thought I would know or hope to know,” said Gatschet, a 27-year-old Burbank resident and star of ABC’s daytime drama “All My Children.” Gatschet’s mother pulled through treatment and today remains cancer free.
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