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September 5, 2012
A Costa Mesa church is holding a car wash fundraiser Saturday for a Newport Harbor High School senior recovering from a brain tumor. Lighthouse Community Church, 301 Magnolia St., will give 100% of the proceeds back to 17-year-old Shelby Benjamin. Shelby is recovering from two surgeries this summer to remove a tumor in her brain. She was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma a few days after school let out in June after an optometrist spotted a problem during a routine eye exam.
NEWS
September 18, 2001
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- She was just a young girl who loved roses, butterflies, bright reds and rainbows. Brianna Olympius was Ms. Sunshine. And while a decade might seem like a long span of time to many, it was all Brianna had to live the life she loved, cherished and lived to the fullest. Brianna was chatting with her friends and laying with her mother right before she died peacefully Friday night from complications from a tumor that had woven itself into her brain stem.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | January 27, 2007
Anthony Marco Perez, the fourth-grader at Adams Elementary School whose illness sparked a fundraising drive, died Wednesday at the age of 9. In November Marco, who usually went by his middle name, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The school's PTA held a fundraiser Jan. 20 at Adams to raise money to help his family cover basic needs. Adams parent Suzanne Hughes organized the fundraiser and said it raised more than $17,000. A memorial service is planned for today at 11 a.m. at the Newport-Mesa Church at Fair Drive and Newport Boulevard.
FEATURES
By Kelly Mitchell | May 8, 2010
A few days ago, while waiting to meet someone, I wandered into a high-end boutique. Then I saw the dress. $200. And I fell in love. I tried to justify buying it, but knew there was no justification. See, I am a new mom. And any mom can tell you that they could drop $200 in record time with a few clicks of the mouse on www.diapers.com . But, oh, how I wanted that dress! The cute 20-something sales girl could see that I was conflicted. She tried her best to convince me that it was an investment.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | March 21, 2009
Clutching a stuffed dog, 5-year-old Newport Beach resident Julian Dunn sat in the audience for part of a concert at Newport Mesa Church on Saturday as a parade of grade-school pianists, singers and guitar players took the stage to raise money to pay his medical bills. “We’re here today to celebrate Julian’s fire,” Julian’s father, Richard Dunn said, pausing for a second as he choked back the tears. “He’s the sweetest human being on the face of the earth.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brianna Bailey | May 8, 2010
Some four months after finishing his last round of chemotherapy, 6-year-old Julian Dunn has almost an inch of newly grown hair on his head. A year and a half after doctors found a golf-ball sized tumor in Julian’s brain, his parents say life is finally returning to normal at their Newport Beach household. The hearth in the Dunn’s living room is lined with Julian’s extensive collection of LEGO spaceships and cars. Julian would spend hours building with LEGOS while undergoing 55 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatments that left him weak and nauseous.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | August 6, 2008
She keeps playing. Not knowing what tomorrow brings, or what even today holds, she keeps playing. Golf is Debbie Albright’s game and she said it has helped her battle through the worst days of her life. The Newport Beach community has also greatly supported the 50-year-old, who has been dealing with an inoperable brain tumor for over the past year. Some grow frustrated hitting a small, white ball around a large course and following it around, yet somehow golf has brought peace for Albright, who won her 12th ladies championship at Newport Beach Country Club in May. But, golf is not really about winning for Albright, especially today when she will be playing in Newport Beach Country Club’s Seahorse Classic, the two-day member-guest tournament with her sister, Joanne Peacock, who is visiting from New Zealand.
NEWS
October 26, 2001
Steve Virgen Passion does not come by chance. Passion is not a gift. Matt Doyle is the evidence. His life indicates loss breeds desire, the will to overcome. When doctors discovered a tumor the size of a cantaloupe that took up half of his left lung, Doyle prepared for a long and hilly road. The Newport Harbor High junior, who is on the Sailors' junior varsity cross country team, wondered if he would ever run again. Stunned, he wondered if he would ever breathe again.
NEWS
October 11, 2000
Danette Goulet What was once a simple, daily chore for a 9-year-old girl has become Brianna Olympius' ultimate goal. "I really want to go back to school," said Brianna, wearing bright purple silk pajamas with her hair pulled back in two pigtails, exposing a four-inch row of stitches down the back of her skull. Just two weeks ago, the Newport Heights Elementary fourth-grader was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Although benign, the tumor had woven itself into her brain stem, disturbing her facial features and mobile skills and threatening her life.
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By Steve Smith | October 23, 2012
Concurrent with my duties as a weekly columnist for the Daily Pilot, I provide business development guidance to physicians and dentists. Since 1998, this work has taken me behind the scenes at countless medical and dental offices, clinics and hospitals. I have consulted for solo practitioners, group practices and large medical facilities and recently spent two years managing my wife's treatment for brain cancer. As a result, I am in a unique position to make the following statement: Forget everything you know about receiving medical care.
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NEWS
September 5, 2012
A Costa Mesa church is holding a car wash fundraiser Saturday for a Newport Harbor High School senior recovering from a brain tumor. Lighthouse Community Church, 301 Magnolia St., will give 100% of the proceeds back to 17-year-old Shelby Benjamin. Shelby is recovering from two surgeries this summer to remove a tumor in her brain. She was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma a few days after school let out in June after an optometrist spotted a problem during a routine eye exam.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | August 17, 2012
The family of a Newport Harbor High School student who is struggling to recover from a brain tumor is looking for community support. Shelby Benjamin should be getting excited to start her senior year, but instead she is fighting to recover from her second surgery to remove the tumor. The 17-year-old was released from the hospital Wednesday and isn't out of the woods yet, her family said. "I would appreciate any support from the community - any support or prayers would be huge at a time like this to get her back to the awesome, fun-loving girl she is," said Chadd Benjamin, Shelby's 22-year-old brother.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | August 7, 2012
Gabriel Lalli's body has broken down. His eyesight has faded. He isn't the man he was two years ago. But that's with regard to his physical status. Cancer can break down anyone, yet it hasn't wilted his fighting spirit. Lalli, a Newport Beach resident, was active in running, rugby and soccer before being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. Now all of his focus has been turned toward beating the disease. Adversity hasn't just afflicted his health. Lalli said the bank mortgage company he worked for ended his employment and his income is now from disability checks.
NEWS
By Steve Smith | June 12, 2012
Cay and I married Feb. 22, 1987. On May 29, 2010, she stopped speaking to me. At first, I thought it was a combination of job stress, a few converging life events and the distinct possibility that she was mad at me. Several days later, at the urging of her employer and family friend, Jeff Schulein, I talked my way into the last appointment of the day with Dr. Kathleen Boos, her primary care physician. Boos performed a few simple tests, after which she said, "I want her to go to Hoag right now and get an MRI. " At 7 p.m. June 7, 2010, Cay's brain was scanned so doctors could determine why she was not speaking.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
By Charlie Brande | March 8, 2012
On Tuesday, Corona del Mar High will play Edison at Orange Coast College in a nonleague boys' volleyball match that starts at 6 p.m. The event is far more important than a simple high school volleyball match. Coaches Steve Conti (CdM) and Brian Boone (Edison) have established the game as the McKenna Claire Challenge. All funds from the gate and the snack bar as well as donations will go to the McKenna Claire Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer. McKenna (Macky) Wetzel was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor Jan. 21, 2011.
NEWS
By Alexandra Baird, dailypilot@latimes.com | May 6, 2011
Kelly Mitchell has plenty to celebrate this Mother's Day. Last year, as she celebrated her first Mother's Day as a mom, the Daily Pilot published her first-person account of a health scare that she endured during and after that pregnancy. Mitchell, 40, a former Newport-Mesa schoolteacher, was seven months pregnant in 2009 when headaches brought on by what she thought was "pregnancy brain" became unbearable. They got so bad that she could barely see or remember anything.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | August 23, 2010
After more than a decade of affiliation, the Brain and Spine Surgeons of Orange County have joined the medical staff of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach at Hoag's new Neurosciences Institute. A private practice founded by Dr. Christopher M. Duma in 1997, the Brain and Spine Surgeons of Orange County will open its new offices on West Coast Highway in early September, according to a press release. Duma is a board-certified neurosurgeon who for the last 10 years has helped lead Hoag's brain tumor and gamma knife radiosurgery programs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brianna Bailey | May 8, 2010
Some four months after finishing his last round of chemotherapy, 6-year-old Julian Dunn has almost an inch of newly grown hair on his head. A year and a half after doctors found a golf-ball sized tumor in Julian’s brain, his parents say life is finally returning to normal at their Newport Beach household. The hearth in the Dunn’s living room is lined with Julian’s extensive collection of LEGO spaceships and cars. Julian would spend hours building with LEGOS while undergoing 55 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatments that left him weak and nauseous.
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