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"A NIGHT IN HAVANA"
THE JDCF'S 8th ANNUAL GALA
On Sunday, October 24, 2010, the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation held our 8th annual Gala Dinner at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The evening’s theme was “A Night In Havana,” and was hosted by Lucy & Ricky themselves.
The funds raised on that lovely evening will be allocated to funding cancer support groups and programs, as well as the building of cancer information libraries throughout the United States.
These learning and healing centers are equipped with hundreds of the latest books and videos on cancer; and computers are available for research with trained librarians there to help. We now have seven volunteer-staffed libraries operating in California with more to come. These libraries are currently located within hospitals and cancer support centers throughout California.
The purpose of the evening (Gala Dinner) was to honor Dr. Raul Mena with the Triumph Award. Dr. Mena is Medical Director of the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. Here he plays a key role in expanding clinical research and monitoring clinical trials to ensure that the latest treatments are available to the community.
As one of the Pedro Pan Children of Cuba, his life is an inspiration. Dr. Mena has overcome so many difficult obstacles, creating a new life without his family, struggling with a new language and tremendous change, and making the best of all that is available to those who work hard, with tremendous drive and focus.
Because of his great compassion and strong commitment to the community, the Foundation was proud and honored to present him with this much-deserved award this evening in public recognition of his life and career.
OUR NEW HEADQUARTERS
In 2009, we had been given a very large and beautiful 15,000 square foot facility to use for our headquarters. It is a tremendously generous gift from Mr. Sudesh Arora, President of Natel Engineering, and a long time supporter of the foundation.
Presently, we are developing our headquarters into a cancer education and support center. This space has become the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Support Center.
Our new headquarters is home to various programs for people with cancer and their family members. Some of these wonderful programs include support groups, water color art, yoga, quilting,relaxation and guided imagery,line dancing,massage thearapy,qigong,lectures and much more.
These programs not only give these people important information, they also get these people out of their house to mingle and socialize with other cancer survivors in a loving environment. It gives them strength and most important, HOPE!
Working on learning a new skill gives them something positive to focus on while going through their treatments. They’ve told us that their groups are more about the relationships that form, then the quilts that they make. And they thank us for bringing them all together.
This new facility also houses a full video production and broadcast studio that we have been using to create the “Cancer Health Show.” We are committed to making each episode of this inspiring program to be informative, entertaining, and most importantly, tremendously uplifting. We will be making all of these programs available not only on our website, but also through Apple’s iTunes to potentially millions of users.
When we moved in to our new headquarters, it was our dream to turn part of this space into a broadcast studio. To provide this tremendously important information to as many people as possible as efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible. And we believe we’ve come up with a great way.
Now the dream has started to become a reality. There is nothing like it of it’s kind. And we are tremendously proud of what we’ve accomplished. But our studio is only half-finished and we need your help to make this a full reality.
This information is so important to so many people. It gives them hope. And it makes their lives better.
We welcome all of you to visit our new facility to see where your money is going.
The Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation wants to thank you for taking the time to be here with us tonight and support our efforts to continue to Empower the Mind and Encourage the Spirit.
OUR 7th CANCER INFORMATION LIBRARY
LOCATED AT THE PROVIDENCE ST. JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER'S ROY & PATRICIA DISNEY FAMILY CANCER CENTER.
In 2010, our 7th Cancer Information Library was opened at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. Located at that hospital’s new Roy & Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, this signature cancer center has been designed to focus on human touch and human interaction; to promote healing through nurturing spaces inside and out; and to empower patients through information and education.
Harvey and Alice Diamond stand by a photo of their daughter Jennifer Diamond who died from appendix cancer. Jennifer Diamond didn't know where to turn as there was little infor mation on the condition. Seven years later, her Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation has built a thriving series of cancer wellness libraries across the state, and a software system for easy access. In addition, the Chatsworth foundation works closely with the nationally renowned Wellness Community to offer a range of wellness cancer support groups, yoga, hypnosis and more. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff Photographer)
FULFILLING A PROMISE
Fight against cancer is personal
By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/20/2010 07:16:00 PM PST
A week before 30-year-old artist Jennifer Diamond succumbed to a rare cancer eight years ago, she made one request - that her family help others fighting the disease.
Harvey and Alice Diamond and their son Matthew have fulfilled their promise, with the creation of the Jennifer Diamond Can cer Foundation.
The Chatsworth-based nonprofit has launched a string of cancer information libraries and offers a broad range of free bilingual cancer support programs. It also recently opened a broadcasting studio for cancer-related programing.
"We want to create a peaceful, restful space," said Harvey Diamond, of Westlake Village, brother of singer Neil Diamond and president of the foundation that bears his daughter's name.
"It's about love," added Alice, its chief financial officer. "There's a huge population that doesn't know we're here. This is an incredible (place)."
After Jennifer, who grew up in Studio City, contracted a rare form of appendiceal carcinoma, the Diamonds found few resources where they could learn about her illness. So they went to work - gathering books, magazines, articles and videos and creating software.
The foundation now operates seven cancer libraries - with information on a range of cancers and treatments - inside comfy research nooks at cancer support centers and h ospitals from Palm Springs to San Luis Obispo.
At least one library has an exclusive support hotline to the National Institute of Health. Since 2002, more than 35,000 cancer patients and families have pored through the foundation's stacks at such facilities as WeSpark in Sherman Oaks, Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank and at The Wellness Community in Westlake Village, where the family found initial support during Jennifer's fatal illness.
"The idea was to provide libraries so that people could get what they needed," said Harvey Diamond, a businessman and inventor who once owned electronics and whirlpool tub firms. "The focus was to give good, quality information, approved by doctors" - and geared toward the lay person.
Early this year, the $250,000 nonprofit foundation opened a 15,000-square-foot facility in Chatsworth, courtesy of a building donated by Sudesh Arora of Natel Engineering.
The center, in sage and white, is a model of serenity and calm - with soft music, leather furniture, bubbling fountains and inviting niches for children and adults.
It provides bilingual support groups, yoga, stress reduction, self-hypnosis, watercolor classes, quilt and knitting and other programs for hundreds of cancer patients and their families, young and old, courtesy of the nationally renowned Wellness Community.
"The Jennifer Diamond Foundation has been enormously important," said Marty Nason, vice president of programs for The Wellness Community. "Information is power. It helps make informed decisions. It gives people a sense of confidence.
"There's a lot of wonderful energy. People are active in their fight for recovery."
The Diamonds, however, wanted to provide more. So they built a special broadcasting studio to host "The Cancer Health Show," featuring scientists, doctors and celebrities. The foundation programs will be offered at hospitals, support centers and libraries and via podcasts and the Internet.
On a recent day, a yoga instructor guided a dozen participants through gentle exercises for the mind and body.
"There's a lot of smiling," said foundation Vice President Matthew Diamond. "That's the bottom line: People have hope."
The hope includes Zelda Rothman, who had dropped in for some yoga stretches. A survivor of breast cancer, she said she's found peace at the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation.
"The center is absolutely incredible," said Rothman, a grandmother from Porter Ranch. "It's been a blessing to so many people. "It fills my life with beauty."
For more information
The Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation offers cancer support programs and free library access at 9410 Owensmouth Ave, Chatsworth. Call 818-700-6900 or go to jenniferdiamondfoundation.org.
JDCF OPENS LIBRARY AT FRENCH HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
FRENCH HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER - Hearst Cancer Resource Center
1911 Johnson Avenue
San Luis Obisbo, CA 93401
On Friday, April 4, the Hearst Cancer Resource Center opened its doors to an invitation-only Grand Opening Celebration. This VIP event drew more than 100 attendees who enjoyed inspirational and personal speeches from Tom Vendegna, M.D., Steve Hearst, San Luis Obisbo Supervisor Jerry Lenthall, San Luis Obisbo Mayor Dave Romero and others. A highlight of the celebration was the unveiling of a beautiful donor monument featuring the names of significant donors. The following day, the HCRC welcomed more than 100 community members who toured through the center while learning about its purpose and programs.
The HCRC is a collaborative effort bringing existing community groups such as the American Cancer Society, Cancer Connections, Enhancement, Inc., and the Wellness Community under one roof to provide cancer support and education to our community. The services at the HCRC are completely free to the San Luis Obisbo County community. The HCRC was conceptualized by Dr. Vendegna after his personal battle with cancer. French Hospital Medical Center first received the seed money to create the center from members of the Hearst family. Since then, more donations have been given including $1 million from the Hearst Foundation towards a $4 million endowment fund that will allow the center to be funded indefinitely. From the artwork on the walls, to the wigs and hats, the HCRC is completely funded through donations. A gift received just days before the opening was a multi-media library now named the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Library. The library gives cancer patients and their loved ones access to the latest cancer related books, videos, periodicals, computers and research assistance.
JDCF OPENS CANCER RESOURCE LIBRARY AT USC/NORRIS
USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
When Jennifer Diamond was diagnosed with appendiceal carcin oma, a rare form of appendix cancer, she and her family found it extremely hard to access information about her disease. After Jennifer passed away at age 30, her parents - Alice and Harvey Diamnd - vowed to help others by providing resources to cancer patients and their families.
On June 5, 2008, the Diamond's promise was realized at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center with the formal opening of the Patient Educationand Outreach Center and Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Library. The library is the sixth of its kind to be funded by the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation, a fundraising and outreach organization created by Jennifer during her illness.
The library is housed at the Patient Education and Outreach Center, a state-of-the-art cancer resource facility of the Cancer Center devoted to patients, their families and community members seeking information about cancer. With support from the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Information Services, the center also performs outreach activities and conducts informational programs relevant to the communities it serves.
The center also features computers, reference books, printers, DVDs and Internet access. In addition to manual and computerized information, the center ha s live phone help with specialized counselors with training from the NCI, a patient navigation information system and trained volunteers to assist with access to cancer-related resources.
"We not only have scientific and medical experts here; we also have dedicated volunteers; we have very experienced health educators and health promotion specialists, and we have very experienced cancer patients who want to give back," said Diana Chingos, chair of the Cancer Survivorship Advisory Council.
The Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Library is located on the ground level of the Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower. Level G, Suite 501. It is open daily from 10 am to 3 pm and is staffed by volunteers and USC/Norris staff.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2009
The Seventh Annual Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation Sailboat Regatta and Fundraiser will be held at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, California. For more information, contact Lee Lewis at (310) 420-1362.
The 7th Jennifer Diamond Celebrity Sailboat Regatta
May Come Down to the Wire
This day couldn't be better for The Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation's 7th annual Celebrity Sailboat Regatta. A special young man will be racing for the those with cancer, he is the world’s youngest solo sailor to Circumnavigate the world with his 36ft sailboat named Intrepid. His name is Zac Sunderland. It took Zac 13 months of battling storms, pirates, illness, loneliness, hunger, and fear, to survive in the most hostile environment on the planet. The sun should be shinning brightly this day; the winds should be cooperating and the smell of competition will fill the air. The Del Rey Yacht Club, in Marina Del Rey, is the site for the pre-race festivities and the post race Skipper's & Sailor's party. Held on Saturday, August 22nd, the sailboats will leave their slips in the mid morning and head out for the starting line. Prior to leaving the slips, each boat will be given their official starting time by Roberto Cordero, the Race Committee Chairman at the Del Rey Yacht Club.
Three classes of sailboats will be participating in the 2009 regatta: Class A, Class B and Cruising Class. The sailboats are assigned to the classes based on the configuration of each individual boat. Racing keelboats and cruiser keelboats are also invited to participate this year.
The race will provide a great deal of excitement, not only for the racers, but also for the people watching from the press and spectator boats. An event like this will be a lot of fun for everyone involved. It allows sailors to participate in a sailing competition and have a great time doing so -- and on the flip side, their contributions help bring more awareness to what the foundation is achieving to help people with cancer and their family members. Educating the public is a major priority for the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation.
After the race, the skippers, sailors, spectators and other invited guests will feast on a Bar-B-Q, Anheuser Busch Beer and other refreshments. Harvey Diamond and Lee Lewis (Race Coordinator) will be presenting the awards to all the winners at the ceremony. Remember to mark your calendar August 22, 2009, as this is one race you do not want to miss.
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