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October 16, 1999 | By Julie Stoiber, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Aside from the artfully arranged hay bales near its entrance, the turn-of-the-century barn in Fairmount Park looks anything but rustic now. The newly renovated building, once home to chickens, horses and homing pigeons, was reopened yesterday as part of a support center for cancer patients and their families. It has plush carpeting, computer hookups, a modern kitchen, and, in a nod to its past, barn-red trim around the windows. The barn is the latest addition to the campus of the Wellness Community of Philadelphia, a cancer support center that occupies four peaceful acres near Belmont Plateau under a long-term, dollar-a-year lease with the city.
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November 6, 1994 | By Pauline Pinard Bogaert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Anne Sly took a good look down at the 7th hole on the Spyglass course. Stepping to the tee, she placed her satin high-heeled shoes together on the turf and putted the red golf ball down the green strip. Clunk! The ball clattered in the cup. As Sly waved her arms to cheer the hole-in-1 victory Oct. 29, the sequins of her party jacket sparkled under the lights at the Marriott Hotel in West Conshohocken. Several hundred guests - most in black tie or gowns, with a few wearing alternative "festive golf attire" - attended the "Going for the Green Goes to Pebble Beach.
NEWS
June 2, 2001 | By Marie McCullough INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Having beaten cancer not once, not twice, but three times, Hamilton Jordan could be expected to tell some inspiring stories. And he did. When his 30-minute talk ended yesterday, the former chief of staff to President Jimmy Carter received a standing ovation from his kindred audience at the Wellness Community of Philadelphia's third annual conference in West Fairmount Park. The event was in celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day, usually held on the first Sunday in June. But his most inspiring anecdotes were not about how he prevailed over non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, prostate cancer, and melanoma.
NEWS
March 20, 1992 | By Susan FitzGerald, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With her body full of cancer and her spirit dashed, comedian Gilda Radner turned to The Wellness Community for support. There, in a homelike setting along with other cancer patients, she talked, soaked up medical information, and even joked about the horrible disease that had invaded all of their lives. "I stopped sitting at home saying, 'Why me?' " Radner wrote in her book about cancer. "I began to crawl to The Wellness Community like someone in search of an oasis in the desert.
NEWS
June 8, 1998 | By Rosland Briggs, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thirteen years ago, Kathy Hondros was told she had lost her battle against ovarian cancer. She had six months to live. Yesterday morning, she completed a one-mile walk in West Fairmount Park and danced to "Greased Lightning. " "I think they were wrong," she said, smiling and sporting her T-shirt, spandex shorts and running shoes. "No matter how far away from the disease you are, you always look over your shoulder. . . . It always stays with us. " Hondros joined about 100 others outside the Wellness Community, Suzanne Morgan Center, to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day, which is celebrated every first Sunday in June.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2009
DON'T BE SURPRISED if 610 WIP soon announces that former Eagle Ike Reese becomes a permanent co-host of Howard Eskin 's 3 to 7 p.m. show. We're told that Rob Ellis , of Comcast SportsNet, who guest-hosted with Eskin for a little while earlier this year, will take over Reese's 7-11 p.m. slot. WIP operations manager Andy Bloom told us yesterday he could neither confirm nor deny our information. Meanwhile, Angelo Cataldi and his morning crew beat 93.3 WMMR's Preston and Steve show in the coveted demo group of men 25-54 for the first time ever, according to the new Arbitron ratings.
NEWS
April 5, 2007 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joan Snellenburg Frieder, 65, of Bala Cynwyd, a former marketing and personnel director, died of lung cancer yesterday at home. In 2000, Mrs. Frieder's husband, David, learned he had lung cancer. The couple's journey fighting his disease was chronicled in a video produced by the Wellness Community, a national nonprofit organization serving people with cancer and their families. The Frieders were active in the Philadelphia chapter. After her husband died in November 2005, Mrs. Frieder attributed her back pain to strain from caring for him. She developed other symptoms, and in July the same type of lung cancer her husband had was diagnosed.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Diane Strassle and Marcy McGuire, Reiki practitioners from Gilda's Club Delaware Valley, greeted Patsy Walker kindly as she was wheeled into a conference room at Abington Memorial Hospital. This was to be her first experience with the Japanese healing art, an alternative treatment that uses gentle, sustained touch to transmit energy. Walker, a striking woman with long blond hair, was silent, her head down. "Take a deep breath," McGuire told her. "Let out all that tension. " "I have pancreatic cancer," Walker, 60, whispered.
NEWS
February 25, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
David W. Duemler, 46, of Marlborough Township, a company owner and former luge competitor, died Sunday at home after a four-year battle with cancer. Mr. Duemler graduated from Pennridge High School in Perkasie and from the former Spring Garden College in Philadelphia. He worked for Bethlehem Steel before establishing Demco Automation in Quakertown in 1989. The firm designs and makes systems for industries to improve production. He had extraordinary mechanical skills, said his wife, Lisa Dent Duemler.
NEWS
June 3, 2000 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Edward M. Kennedy Jr. lost his left leg to cancer at the age of 12, so he has had many years to learn about being a cancer survivor. Even now, married, with children, and with a law career devoted to people with disabilities, the 38-year-old member of the nation's most famous clan is still learning. Yesterday, as keynote speaker at the Wellness Community of Philadelphia's annual conference, he told what he learned in the locker room of a swim club near his home in New Haven, Conn.
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FOOD
July 24, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
At Broad and Mount Vernon Streets on Sunday afternoon, pop-up canopies blossomed in defiance of the wilting summer heat. In their shade, volunteers and vendors ran pickling demonstrations, pitched passersby on bicycle-powered urban farm tours, and proffered mental-health screenings and public-benefits counseling. It's an eclectic crop for a farmers' market. But Common Ground Marketplace is designed to be more than just a place to buy your vegetables. The market, which opened this month, is a collaboration between the Food Trust, a nonprofit that runs farmers' markets and promotes food access, and Congregation Rodeph Shalom, a North Broad Street synagogue.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Diane Strassle and Marcy McGuire, Reiki practitioners from Gilda's Club Delaware Valley, greeted Patsy Walker kindly as she was wheeled into a conference room at Abington Memorial Hospital. This was to be her first experience with the Japanese healing art, an alternative treatment that uses gentle, sustained touch to transmit energy. Walker, a striking woman with long blond hair, was silent, her head down. "Take a deep breath," McGuire told her. "Let out all that tension. " "I have pancreatic cancer," Walker, 60, whispered.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Louise Vitale, 62, of Center City, a former teacher and financial services worker who did volunteer work to help people affected by cancer, died Monday, March 4, of lung cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After a career in education and financial services, Ms. Vitale served as a volunteer at the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. The organization, formerly known as the Wellness Community of Philadelphia, provides emotional and educational support for cancer patients and their loved ones.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2012
Special Events Annual Tango Festival Featuring workshops, social dances & performances. Ruba Club, 416 Green St. $30-$250. Closes 5/27. Decorate-a-Cupcake Fridays Bakery provides chocolate & vanilla cupcakes, icing & all the toppings to make your own cupcake. Bredenbeck's Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor, 8126 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-7374. Donations accepted; free 12 and under. Germantown White House Exhibits Interactive exhibits featuring George Washington's family & household.
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
JUNIOUS Alexander Rhone Jr. was a computer whiz who didn't hesitate to share his skill with others. Not only family and friends benefited from knowing Jay - as he was called - but so did young people of middle and low incomes who otherwise would not have had access to the technological knowledge needed today to set them on successful career paths. Jay Rhone, a longtime employee of Comcast Cable, an operator of his own computer business, a dedicated trainer of others in the computer field, an activist in cancer-support programs, a devoted family man and an active churchman, died Feb. 7. He was 51 and lived in Upper Darby.
NEWS
February 25, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
David W. Duemler, 46, of Marlborough Township, a company owner and former luge competitor, died Sunday at home after a four-year battle with cancer. Mr. Duemler graduated from Pennridge High School in Perkasie and from the former Spring Garden College in Philadelphia. He worked for Bethlehem Steel before establishing Demco Automation in Quakertown in 1989. The firm designs and makes systems for industries to improve production. He had extraordinary mechanical skills, said his wife, Lisa Dent Duemler.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2009
DON'T BE SURPRISED if 610 WIP soon announces that former Eagle Ike Reese becomes a permanent co-host of Howard Eskin 's 3 to 7 p.m. show. We're told that Rob Ellis , of Comcast SportsNet, who guest-hosted with Eskin for a little while earlier this year, will take over Reese's 7-11 p.m. slot. WIP operations manager Andy Bloom told us yesterday he could neither confirm nor deny our information. Meanwhile, Angelo Cataldi and his morning crew beat 93.3 WMMR's Preston and Steve show in the coveted demo group of men 25-54 for the first time ever, according to the new Arbitron ratings.
NEWS
April 5, 2007 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joan Snellenburg Frieder, 65, of Bala Cynwyd, a former marketing and personnel director, died of lung cancer yesterday at home. In 2000, Mrs. Frieder's husband, David, learned he had lung cancer. The couple's journey fighting his disease was chronicled in a video produced by the Wellness Community, a national nonprofit organization serving people with cancer and their families. The Frieders were active in the Philadelphia chapter. After her husband died in November 2005, Mrs. Frieder attributed her back pain to strain from caring for him. She developed other symptoms, and in July the same type of lung cancer her husband had was diagnosed.
NEWS
November 14, 2005 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
David S. Frieder, 67, of Bala Cynwyd, a former sales executive and financial adviser who advocated for cancer patients, died of lung cancer Nov. 2 at his home. When Mr. Frieder was diagnosed with cancer five years ago, he became committed to bonding with his children and grandchildren, said his wife, Joan Snellenburg Frieder. He spent time with them in Bala and at their vacation home in Garrett County, Md., nicknamed "Camp David. " Between chemotherapy sessions, she said, he went whitewater rafting, hiked, golfed, attended ball games, and went out to dinner with his family.
NEWS
May 9, 2005 | By Fawn Vrazo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The lung cancer support group meeting had been going on for some minutes when David and Joan Frieder walked nervously into the room. The news was grim. After years of almost continuous chemo, treatments that left David wretchedly ill but not cured, he could endure no more. "So I'm in hospice now," said the 66-year-old retired stockbroker from Bala Cynwyd, beginning to cry and waving at Joan to continue their story. Soon Joan was crying, too. "I felt sort of guilty coming here today," she said.
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