December 6, 2006 |
EVER HAVE that embarrassing experience when you ask a rotund woman when the baby's due and she looks at you with daggers and says, "I'm not pregnant. " The male version happened recently to Eddie Murphy. While drumming up support for "Dreamgirls," Murphy was asked by a TV interviewer if he was excited that his girlfriend, former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, was pregnant, with his baby. Murphy replied: "Now you're being presumptuous because we're not together anymore. And I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test.
July 2, 2006 |
When she was a girl, Aimee Belgard's special dinner treat was her mother's famous Yorkshire pudding. More like bread than pudding, the warm biscuit-like concoction was flavored with drippings from a roast and covered with brown gravy. Belgard and her little sister, Judy, couldn't eat enough of it. When their mother, Marge Reed of Haddonfield, died of cancer in May 2004, there were no more Yorkshire puddings for the family. Then Belgard found her mother's recipe written on a piece of paper, tucked in a corner of a cookbook.
June 1, 2005 |
Michael Stack, 51, who played basketball at Villanova and Monsignor Bonner High, died Saturday at Bryn Mawr Hospital after a long illness. Mr. Stack, who lived in Ardmore, ran his own sporting-apparel business. He played for Villanova from 1972 to '76 and remained close to the program. He averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds in his senior year at Bonner. Former Roman Catholic High head coach Speedy Morris, who now coaches St. Joseph's Prep, recalled playing against Mr. Stack's teams in the Catholic League.
May 6, 2005 |
Led by Penn's Fran Dunphy and St. Joseph's Phil Martelli, the city's college basketball coaches have taken their competitive spirit to the fight against cancer. They plan to deliver a big blow tomorrow night when they host the American Cancer Society's second annual Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBall, a black-tie fund-raiser at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. A trip to the Final Four, club seats to an Eagles game, a trip to watch Lance Armstrong's final Tour de France, and a chance to play basketball at the Palestra against the Philadelphia coaches will be available to the highest bidders at a live auction.
October 12, 2004 |
Though many aspects of the American breast cancer picture continue to improve, some news for Hispanic women remains daunting. According to the American Cancer Society, Latinas utilize mammography and other breast cancer screening tests less than any other ethnic group. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Latinas and five-year survival rates for Latinas are less than for any other ethnic group. Experts believe a gap in communication is a primary cause.
May 28, 2004 |
Thomas L. McDermitt, 57, of Glenside, a clinical social worker who spent the last 10 years counseling cancer patients while battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, died Saturday at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. McDermitt was in and out of remission four times since he was diagnosed 23 years ago. Through his own experiences, he found ways to comfort and advise cancer patients. He held counseling sessions, led workshops, and started support groups. "He somehow always found the courage and stamina to do one more thing," said Jane Hutton, Mr. McDermitt's sister.
May 12, 2004 |
Marguerite "Marge" Kelly Reed, 57, of Haddonfield, who chronicled her 20-year battle with cancer in a poignant and funny one-woman show that was her way of spreading a message of hope in the face of illness, died of the disease Monday at home. Mrs. Reed performed Why Not Me? more than 100 times. She took the play to neighborhood theaters and women's clubs, sharing her story in offices and cafeterias. The one-hour show portrayed her fight with cancer, which started in 1983 when she found a lump in her breast.
April 25, 2004 |
On a sunny, hot day, students from Radnor High School stood on the school's track where a Relay for Life event will be held May 7 and 8. Like young executives, they began ticking off all they still had to do. Cancer survivors and patients willing to share their stories had been hard to connect with, but students were optimistic they could find speakers for the event. The high school track would be lined with luminaria candles in memory of cancer victims and to honor survivors and those battling the disease.
December 16, 2003 |
When Brian Grandieri and Nick Salvo hang out, expect the insults to fly faster than one of Grandieri's drives to the basket or one of Salvo's pinning combinations. "Nick and I always joke," Grandieri said. "There's a great sense of humor between us. We make fun of each other about anything. We bicker at each other. We're two immature kids. " Like any teenagers, the two Malvern Prep seniors have their moments of laughter and levity. But what they are doing this season is both mature and marvelous.
May 27, 2003 |
There is a war that we Americans are fighting on our own soil. It's a war that kills more than 500,000 people each year in the United States. The enemy is like a thief waiting to pounce and defeat human beings regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender or social class. It is the war on cancer. The dictionary perfectly describes cancer as "a malignant evil. " This evil invades the body and leaves one feeling weak and defeated; yet there is hope. With the perseverance of organizations such as the American Cancer Society, cancer is losing ground in its war on humanity.