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On their first date, they discover they both lost their first spouses to pancreatic cancer.

Posted in charities, non-profits on November 22, 2021 by OC Talk Radio

What are the odds of going on your first date, talking, enjoying each others company.  You feel this amazing connection and in getting to know each other you ask the question “how did your spouse die?” Imagine the dismay they must have felt to realize they both lost their spouse to pancreatic cancer.

Lee and Dwaine are open and honest about their relationship, their relationship with their pervious spouses, their loss, how they found each other and their common passion to help others and how they keep fighting the world’s toughest cancer in honor of their spouses.

This episode is dedicated to Sally Reitler and Chuck Mattei

What inspired this woman to join the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network?

Posted in charities, non-profits on November 2, 2021 by OC Talk Radio

Jenny Isaacson was attending a conference when she heard Julie Fleshman, President and CEO of The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, speak about her vision of progress to double the survival rate for pancreatic cancer by the year 2020.  Jenny was so impressed by Julie and her vision that she also wanted to be part of that vision. Jenny picked up the phone called Julie, that was ten years ago.  Though Jenny has filled different positions since joining PanCAN her position now allows her to oversee partnerships including the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition.  Learn more about PanCAN, the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition and why it is so important to have a month, November and a day, November 18, dedicated to pancreatic cancer?  Only on OC Talk Radio, Orange County’s Only Community Radio Station which streams live from @UCI Beall Applied Innovation Center #WPCD 

This episode of Living Hope is dedicated to Brenda Coleman a 13 year pancreatic cancer survivor at the time of her death.

“At the end of the day, I want everyone to know that our experiences with pancreatic cancer can serve a purpose. Every experience, everyone’s journey, can bring hope and inspiration, if we all work together to make a difference.” 

How did the creation of a Caregivers notebook lead this daughter to the Hirshberg Foundation?

Posted in charities, non-profits on October 19, 2021 by OC Talk Radio

A daughter creates a notebook for Caregivers to help keep track of medical information for the family members and patient seeking treatment. The Founder of Hirshberg was impressed and Sarah has been a member of the Hirshberg team for ten years. This year is LA Cancer Challenges 24th annual event and the event always takes place on last weekend of October. The event is fun and festive with costumes, events for kids, trick or treat wall, a little something for everyone and leads up to November which is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Held at UCLA Wilson Plaza register at for in person or virtual event. Registration; Fit Family Expo; Candyland Kids Zone opens at 7:30am.  Opening Ceremony begins at 8am with event start at 9am.

The most important part of the event is having Survivors, Patients and families attend, Sarah feels it’s about having a sense of community.

Join Dr Li, the Honorary Medical Chair and Esther Lee, Honorary Starter, a pancreatic cancer survivor at LA Cancer Challenge on Sunday, October 31

Visit to register, for more event information and packet pickup details.  Also go to for their webinar series. 


Rosa Velasco shares with us why the month of November so important for those affected by pancreatic cancer

Posted in charities, non-profits on October 15, 2021 by OC Talk Radio

November is important for those affected by pancreatic cancer in that it gives us a designated month to go the extra mile to bring awareness to the world’s toughest cancer. World Pancreatic Cancer Day, is celebrated on the third Thursday of November.  This year it falls on November 18 #WPCD a day to nationally recognize pancreatic cancer, bring awareness by wearing purple, decorate home/office take a photo and post on social media.  Please use the following hashtags and post on social media. #WPCD #pancreaticcanceroc #PancreaticCancer #DemandBetter

PurpleLight is an event to recognize those that have died from pancreatic cancer and honor those who have fought and are still fighting.  Luminaire bags, garden rocks with names positive thoughts, breaking a glow stick are some ways loved ones are acknowledged. This year is a little different in that it will be a virtual event. 

“As long as you speak my name I shall live forever.” This episode of Living Hope is dedicated to Rosa’s grandmother “Rosa Dominguez”

OC Affiliate Chair, JB Jaso shares PanCAN‘s successes and his goals for the Affiliate.

Posted in charities, non-profits on October 11, 2021 by OC Talk Radio

JB’s childhood friend, Tyler Neosen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when he was only 25 years old.  Tyler invited JB to attend his first PanCAN Advocacy Day in 2010, leading JB to continue to fight in Tyler’s memory and becoming a volunteer with the Orange County Affiliate.  JB has only been Affiliate Chair for 3 months and with the core leadership group has devoted many hours planning the goals for FY 2022.   Besides supporting PanCAN’s goals the OC Affiliate will hold monthly meetings giving updates about PanCAN, Affiliate updates, guest speakers and planning and supporting upcoming events.  A main goal will be supporting our Survivors and Caregivers, maintain federal advocacy efforts, increase our social media presence and turn Orange County Purple!   This episode of Living Hope is dedicated to Tyler Noesen. 

Living Hope-P.S. We‘re Back! PurpleStride Chair shares what PurpleStride is and how to get involved.

Posted in charities, non-profits on September 30, 2021 by OC Talk Radio

Vic Luna, OC PanCAN PurpleStride Chair shares why he became  involved and why you should join us for PanCAN PurpleStride Orange County 2022!  Do you know how the funds raised by PanCAN PurpleStride fight the worlds toughest cancer? Are you interested in volunteering or becoming a sponsor? 

Find these answers and more here on Living Hope; Your Journey with Pancreatic Cancer livestreaming on Orange County’s only community radio station. 

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Living Hope-A unique approach to chemotherapy helped not only this Survivor but her family and friends as well.

Posted in charities, non-profits on September 24, 2021 by OC Talk Radio

Chemotherapy is a difficult treatment to go through.  As difficult as it was Dawnie found a way to not only help her get through it, but it helped her support group as well.  Dawnie is also very open about her experience with chemo side effects, neuropathy and having to learn her body again and neuropathy.  Only on Orange County’s only Community Radio Station, livestreams from UCI Beall Applied Innovation Center @TheCove 


Living Hope-JB Jaso shares his journey with pancreatic cancer and how he continues the fight in honor of his childhood friend.

Posted in charities, non-profits on September 8, 2021 by OC Talk Radio

 JB Jaso and Tyler Noesen were childhood friends.  Life has a way of moving on, Tyler, married the love of his life and JB went on to join the US Army and serve our country.  Even though they had not seen each other for a while, when Tyler was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer he asked JB to join him in Washington, DC and participate in PanCAN’s National Advocacy Day.  JB didn’t know what to expected that day, but from that day on he continued the fight with Tyler and still continues today even after Tyler’s death in 2012. Whether you watch or listen as JB shares his journey you will be moved.  Taken from Tyler’s Blog of Live “Dream as if you’ll live forever, Live as if you’ll die today.”

Living Hope-Man she never met inspires her to get involved with the Hirshberg Foundation.

Posted in charities, non-profits on September 4, 2021 by OC Talk Radio

Elissa Oblath joined the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research after hearing stories about her sister-in-laws father who had died from pancreatic cancer.  Though he died before they met, hearing her sister-in-law share stories about her father, inspired Elissa to get involved.  This connection drew Elissa to Hirshberg and she now serves as their Communication Director.  She shared her connection to pancreatic cancer, what a Communications Director does and upcoming event “Tour de Pier,” on Orange County’s only community radio station. Livestreamed from UCI Beall Applied Innovation at the Cove 

If you or anyone you know need help with their journey, please contact the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Patient Services at or call 877-2-PANCAN.  If you’d like to share your story or have story ideas, please contact Roberta Luna at

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Living Hope-Sister does the unimaginable to support her sister.

Posted in charities, non-profits on August 31, 2021 by OC Talk Radio

Kelly Barber and her sister Wendi Cihacek share their journey with pancreatic cancer. Kelly talks honestly and emotionally about losing her husband, George, in 2006 to Pancreatic Cancer. Wendi did the unimaginable and moved across the state to support her sister and help with her niece, Megan, who was 2 at the time. Kelly took her pain and grief and turned it into something positive. She became involved with her local PanCAN affiliate, attending meetings, raising awareness and funds and sharing her journey with Members of Congress. Not surprisingly Wendi stepped in and supported her at every turn. Kelly shares, “When we first got started, it was just for George. Today, it’s still for George, but it’s also for all the people we’ve met who are alive and fighting.”  Only on Orange County’s only Community Radio Station, livestreams from UCI Beall Applied Innovation Center @TheCove #PancreaticCancer #DemandBetter