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News from 2009

“When you have cancer, you have to keep moving forward,” said Danny Romero, weekend weather anchor for ABC7 and special guest speaker at GAMC’s Cancer Survivor Day on June 26. “You can’t go anywhere but forward.”

Danny is a 3-time colon cancer survivor who shared his amazing story of survival with approximately 200 other cancer survivors and their families at the luncheon event. Danny has been cancer free for seven years. Even before his three bouts with cancer, he worked with the American Cancer Society, MDA, UCP, March of Dimes, MS Society, Boys and Girls Clubs, The Downtown LA Mission and many more.

After Danny’s presentation, GAMC honored four people with the annual Flame of Hope Award. The Flame of Hope is awarded to exceptional individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty in assisting cancer survivors in their daily lives or raising money for programs that benefit cancer survivors. This year’s honorees are Shelley Buck, Guillaume Lemoine, Arlene Vidor and Elaine Wilkerson.

Shelley Buck, of ShelRae Jewelry Designs, along with Teryl MacDougall, positive image coordinator, brought jewelry designing into the GAMC Cancer Services Program. Every Wednesday, patients have the opportunity to spend time designing jewelry. The results are then gifted to other cancer patients. Combining the healing process of creativity with the opportunity to be of service provides a feeling of deep satisfaction.

Guillaume Lemoine, husband of cancer survivor and Glendale City Council member Laura Friedman, founded the annual Glendale Garden Tour fundraiser for GAMC in 2008. This highly successful event raised funds to debut a new fitness program for cancer survivors and continues to support GAMC community-based cancer survivor programs.

Arlene Vidor has been a community leader and advocate for several years. She has served as president of the Glendale Historical Society, director of Associates of Brand Library and a co-founder of the Tropico Artists Collective, a Glendale-based artist group. She received the Flame of Hope Award for her assistance with the development of the Glendale Garden Tour in support of her friend Laura Friedman.

In 2001, Elaine Wilkerson began working as the Director of Planning for Glendale. While there, she met Laura Friedman. As Laura battled cancer, Elaine stood by her side. In 2008, Laura, Guillaume and Arlene worked closely with Laura and the GAMC staff to debut the Glendale Garden Tour.

GAMC would like to thank each of these special individuals for their commitment to cancer survivors at GAMC as well as in the surrounding community.