November 14, 1991 |
Except when her husband died and the time she had an eye operation, Emma Hardy has never missed a Friday morning with "the girls. " Oh yeah, you can also throw in a snowstorm or two, but that's it. For more than 30 years, Hardy - an exceptionally hearty soul about to celebrate her 88th birthday - has been getting together with "the girls" for a few hours of sharing, snipping, schmoozing and sewing. Especially sewing. Hardy and her friends are retired Bell Telephone employees who sit around a large table on the eighth floor of the Suburban Station building at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard every other Friday, sewing hundreds of pads, bibs, bandages, compresses and shrouds for area cancer patients.
June 10, 2003 |
It was a dark and stormy day, but that didn't discourage The Today Show, local sports celebrities, and hordes of people from thronging to 7-year-old Alexandra Scott's lemonade stand Saturday, where a record $14,000 was raised to help childhood cancer patients, such as Alex herself. Last year's stand outside the girl's Main Line home raised $12,000 - and eventually generated a total of about $67,000 worth of contributions, which led her parents to register the "Alex's Lemonade Stand Fund" with the charity-administering Philadelphia Foundation.
December 24, 1992 |
Amanda Buhle, 6, used to cross off the squares on a calendar. For three years, she counted the days to the end of her leukemia treatments. Now, with her final treatment behind her as of Nov. 1, Amanda wants to help other children with cancer. She and her parents, of Lansdowne, are helping promote a 1993 calendar called Celebration! The calendar features the artworks of pediatric cancer patients. The pictures were drawn during the children's visits to the Cancer Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
September 17, 1997 |
Every day, the cancer patients in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital fight their way through a medical wilderness of tests, pills, surgery and chemotherapy. Relief comes a few moments at a time. On Friday mornings, it arrives in the form of a gray-haired widower from Newtown, Bucks County. Leon Kartzmer swings open the doors to their rooms carrying warm, sweet manna from a heavenly bakery nearby. It's challah, for hope. "We want them to know that their doctor cares enough about them to give them this staff of life," said Kartzmer, 67, a retired accountant.
March 30, 1999 |
Sue Whitehead carefully dabbed a few drops of concealer on the dark circles under her emerald eyes, just like she had seen demonstrated on a video. "I usually just use eye shadow and mascara," Whitehead said later, while drawing in eyebrows. "This is foreign to me. " She was one of a dozen women to attend a session of "Look Good, Feel Better" at Chester County Hospital recently. The program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, teaches cancer patients how to give themselves makeovers to hide the dryness, discoloration and hair loss that accompany chemotherapy and radiation.
March 11, 2009 |
Judi Rothman found out a year ago that she had colon cancer that had spread to her liver. Every day since then, she has lived with worry. She can push it beneath the surface of her life most of the time. But the minute her doctor tells her it's time for another CAT scan, the fear springs like a cobra, suddenly too big and menacing to ignore. "In the back of your mind, it's always there that the other shoe is going to drop, and that becomes more active in the days before that CAT scan until I hear what happened," said Rothman, who is 61 and lives in the Northeast.
September 16, 1998 |
As high doses of radiation attack the cancer in his prostate gland, Charles Miller Jr. stares up at the glowing image of a pink dogwood tree in bloom. The spacious, wood-paneled room at Delaware County Memorial Hospital is dimly lit except for the lighted panels on the walls and ceiling, which display pastoral images of azaleas and geese in a pond. They are nearly as arresting as stained glass. Miller, 73, has been taking his cancer in stride. The Drexel Hill resident says he has not had any of the side effects he has been warned about.
June 11, 2006 |
It?s gray, and full and wavy. Jackson Hunsicker knows people are checking out her hair, because her book is about not having any. Turning Heads : Portraits of Grace, Inspiration, and Possibilities - a collection of 59 artistic pictures by 59 famous photographers - is Hunsicker?s personal tribute to women facing chemotherapy, an idea the Philadelphia native and Springside School alumna was certain would be a hit in the publishing world....
November 19, 2008 |
Dana McCleary can remember the precise moment her life began unraveling. It was the morning of Oct. 8, 2007, and while thinking about a colleague who had just died of breast cancer, she felt a pain in her right breast. "This has to be my imagination," she recalls thinking. "I'm totally fine. " But at home later that day, she felt a lump in her right breast, and at age 28, entered an unknown, unwelcome universe. The very next day, she saw a breast surgeon and went through several diagnostic procedures.
July 13, 2010 |
TEN YEARS AGO or so, Marci Schankweiler was living a different life. She had a career as a tax attorney and was in the early years of her marriage to a young man named Peter Bossow. They had attended their high school prom together, gone to La Salle University and had looked forward to years of happiness when Peter was diagnosed at age 29 with a rare form of testicular cancer. For just over a year, Peter waged a courageous battle with the disease, a period during which he underwent surgery and chemotherapy.