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By B.W. Cook | April 20, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the day Leeza Gibbons will be in Orange County. The Philharmonic Society of Orange County in association with Soka University hosted a Cherry Blossom Celebration at South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court. The traditional Japanese custom of hanami or flower viewing is held for a few very brief weeks when the petals of the cherry blossoms (sakura) explode on the trees and then gently float to the ground. This season the event carried very special meaning in light of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
May 4, 2012
Helen Wrate passed peacefully on April 30 at her home in Corona Del Mar, after a two year fight with breast cancer. She was attended by her loving husband of 50 years, Dick and her two children, John and Jennifer London. She was born 77 years ago in the 'train station' township of Rook, Pennsylvania to Mary and Robert 'Smokey' Franks. At 26 she moved to California to avoid an overly persistent suitor and move in with her brother, Bob. Their mutual friend Lyla Corrales introduced Helen to her brother Dick and soon after they were wed on February 17th, 1962 in Los Angeles.
By Steve Smith | December 13, 2012
Cancer is a good way to die. Not the best way, but a good way. Cancer is not a good way to die if it strikes early, but that is true of any type of death. If it is age appropriate, so to speak, cancer eases everyone into the concept of life without the loved one instead of shocking them into it as would a fatal heart attack or car crash. With many terminal patients and their loved ones, cancer gives them time to say goodbye, to take care of family business and to conquer items on a so-called bucket list.
April 12, 2001
"Win or lose, your dog treats you the same way," said Mount Everest climber, world adventurer and cancer survivor Alan Hobson. The overcapacity crowd that came to support Hoag Hospital's 14th annual Circle 1000 Cancer brunch at the Four Seasons Hotel, Newport Beach, roared with approval. Hobson, 43, was told by his doctors that he may have three years to live. "I plan to live at least 33 years," replied the small man with the infinite spirit and boundless will.
December 31, 1999
The Rev. Kenneth Krause On June 28, the Balboa Peninsula's Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church lost its revered pastor to pancreatic cancer. He was 63. Father Krause was an inspiration to many, known as a practical joker and the man who forged a bond between the English-speaking and Latino-speaking communities. He spent 15 years at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Costa Mesa and once worked at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. Sierra and Brandon The two children who were killed on an Eastside day-care center playground will forever be linked to a horrendous act on May 3. Four-year-old Sierra and 3-year-old Brandon were run over as they were waiting to be picked up at the Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center.
June 14, 2000
Amy R. Spurgeon LAGUNA NIGUEL -- Monday's death of OCC math professor Sandra Savage has created an irreplaceable void, say family members, colleagues and students who knew her. Savage succumbed to bone cancer in a Laguna Hills nursing home after a 2.5-year battle with the disease. She was 62. "Even more than her intellect was her heart and caring for others," said husband Steven Savage. The two would have celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary this year.
April 3, 2008
Born in Buffalo, New York November 19, 1939   Joanie passed away in her home on Balboa Island, March 25th after a 2 year long hard battle with invasive cancer.  She had been with Balboa Island Realty and Coldwell Banker for many years. Joan was very involved with the Balboa Island Improvement Association. Chairman of just about everything from being the Head Photogher at any and every event, beautification committee, helping start the Balboa Island Historical Museum, and one of her favorites was   Christmas.
October 3, 2004
Deepa Bharath Aria. It was the perfect name for that little girl whose life ended on a high note. Like a beautiful, rich, sweet melody, she touched many hearts, placated their senses and left them yearning for more. Those who knew Aria best have a hard time describing her. All they know is they'll do whatever it takes to get her back. She was only 10. If the cancer that repeatedly ravaged her body had let her live one more month, she would've been 11. Aria was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 3. Doctors, at the time, believed that she had the curable kind of cancer.
By Steve Virgen | May 10, 2012
There wasn't a big match to be played on Tuesday, but a member of the UC Irvine men's volleyball team remained nervous for an important event dealing with the Anteaters. If you were at the celebration ceremony to honor the UCI team's national championship you wouldn't notice he was a bit anxious. But you could understand his excitement. There he was, Kevin Freeman, in his No. 1 gold jersey standing with his teammates at UCI. It was a big day for him. "I was happy to be with everybody," Kevin said a day later.
By Michael Alexander | December 12, 2008
Heavy cancer treatment is known for causing hair loss, and Tommy Conforti was no exception. But his friends in school didn’t want him to feel alone, so a group of Newport Elementary fifth-graders got together and submitted to the clippers. Over a single weekend, more than 20 of his classmates went out and got buzz cuts, which they called a way to make him feel more comfortable while enduring tough medical treatment. Tommy, 10, moved to the U.S. this year, and he just started at Newport Elementary in September.
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