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How one professors advice changes anothers career path

Posted in charities, non-profits on February 2, 2023 by OC Talk Radio

Melissa knew at a very young age that she wanted to help those with cancer.  Initially she wanted to be an oncologist.  A professor took her aside and told her “you have a gift in you as a teacher, educator, researcher, you don’t you consider this as a career?” 

Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith, affectionally referred to as Dr RG by her students took that advice and is the Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry and Molecular biology and Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Chapman University.  We welcome Melissa back to learn about her unique teaching program for future physicians and researchers. 


“As long as you speak my name I shall live forever” is dedicated to Sandra Mack

Ron and Agi made a promise together to find a cure, Agi still continues the fight 25 years after Ron’s death.

Posted in charities, non-profits on February 2, 2023 by OC Talk Radio

Reflecting back over 25 years with Hirshberg Founder Agi Hirshberg and her daughter Lisa Manheim, Executive Director.  Hirshberg Foundation got its start more than 25 years ago when Ron Hirshberg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Ron and Agi decided they were going to beat this disease together and live a long life, sadly six months later Ron died.  They had made a promise together to find a cure, it was only natural that Agi would continue after Ron’s death.  We chat about how Hirshberg started with only two doctors, the importance of the “Five Pillars,” the labs Hirshberg has funded, how five universities in the UC system collaborate together.

“As long as you speak my name I shall live forever” is dedicated to Ron Hirshbert



What is the LA Cancer Challenge?

Posted in charities, non-profits on January 29, 2023 by OC Talk Radio

Sarah Banks is the Development Manager for the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.  The 25th annual LA CANCER CHALLENGE was a walk/run benefitting the Hirschberg Foundation and their ongoing work battling Pancreatic Cancer.  LACC was held on Sunday, October 23rd, on the beautiful campus of UCLA, where much of the foundation’s research is conducted.  LACC is an annual Halloween-themed event benefiting pancreatic cancer research and includes a Fit Family Expo, activity tents, Candyland Kids Zone, Kids costume contest and so more!

#LACC #UCLA #pancreaticcancerawareness


Trust and Estate Planning attorney profession hits home with her mothers diagnosis

Posted in charities, non-profits on November 18, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Ben Franklin has been quoted as saying “In this world nothing can be said to be certain except Death and taxes” Death is a harsh reality that none of us wants to think about or deal with regardless of our health. Death is part of life and planning your estate can give you peace of mind that your wishes will be met, and your loved ones are taken care of.  

Allison Lee is a Trust and Estate Planning Attorney and the Associate General Counsel for Free Will.  Allison, whose career was helping others plan their estate now suddenly found it deeply personal.  She was shocked to learn that her otherwise healthy mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Allison shares her journey and the importance of estate planning.

Taking care of your Estate Planning will make things go smoothly.  Not having a plan in place your Estate could end up in Court and state law is going to govern where your assets go.  As hard as this can be the best thing we can do for our loved ones and ourselves is to have our arrangements in place.  This episode is not meant to take away hope but more to offer resources.  If you’d like more information, please contact Free Will at F-R-E-E-W-I-L-L-D-O-T-C-O-M
“As long as you speak my name, I shall live forever” –
today’s episode is dedicated to Melanie Darvin Stratler.

Have you ever heard the phrase it’s not what you know but who you know?

Posted in charities, non-profits on October 25, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

“It’s not what you know but who you know,” was certainly true for 10-year pancreatic survivor Thom Mrozek.  Thom wasn’t sure how public he wanted to be about his diagnosis, but when his daughter, who at that time attended an episcopal school asked at Chapel “can we pray for my dad?” her request started the ball rolling.
Thom woke up one morning with a recurring pain that went on for a few days.  The pain became worse, and he took himself to urgent care.  The location of his pain caused the urgent care Dr to check his heart.  His heart looked good, and the Dr felt it was a stomach problem probably an ulcer or acid reflux. He was given some medicine and told to follow up with his Primary Care doctor.  Thom went to his internist who ordered a series of tests.  Thom, standing in front of his office received a phone call from his Dr “Thom it’s your pancreas, stop eating!” that comment lead to a “six-week testing treadmill.”
Watch or listen to Thom’s inspirational journey and how a prayer request led to a community of support for Thom and his family.
“As long as you speak my name, I shall live forever.” This episode is dedicated to Lupe Romero

Pancreatic Cancer 101

Posted in charities, non-profits on September 30, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

We talk a lot about pancreatic cancer but for those who don’t have a connection,  who may be newly diagnosed or just curious may not have a understanding of what we are talking about.  Hopefully this episode will help answer some questions.


What is the ViewRay MRIadian and how is it used for pancreatic cancer patients?

Posted in charities, non-profits on August 29, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Dr Kim joined us to talk about the use of the ViewRay MRIdian for treatment of pancreatic cancer at Hoag Hospital.  Dr Kim explains that the tumor needs to be hit with high energy x-ray beams.  To be able to hit the tumor you need to be able to see the tumor.  Its that simple. 

This is the only machine that uses MRI imaging to visualize the tumor. Tumors move with each breath and this machine allows the tracking of the tumor in real time allowing them to be precise in delivering treatment.

This episode of Living Hope is dedicated to the donors of the View Ray MRIdian Dean and Gerda Koontz

#DeanandGerdaKoontz #PancreaticCancer #Hoag Health

See the ViewRay MRIdian



A woman goes from Caregiver to Patient after losing her husband to pancreatic cancer

Posted in charities, non-profits on August 3, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Susie Lemieux was the Caregiver for her husband, Peter.  Peter survived 11 months before his death.  Six months after losing her husband, Susie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. People came to her and asked how did she get it, was it contagoius? Susie had nothing to compare it with and assumed in a year she would also be dead.  

Susie moved back to California with her daughter, Natascha.  Natascha became her Caregiver and was very supportive and involved in her healing journey.  Susie decided to take a little different route for her healing.  Susie shares her unique journey from Caregiver to Patient/Survivor and Natascha shares her journey as Caregiver for her mom.  Hear their inspirational journey.

“As long as you speak my name, I shall live forever.” This episode is dedicated to Susie’s husband, Peter Lemieux.

Christina Parrish diagnosed with pancreatic cancer starts a non profit foundation to help others with cancer

Posted in charities, non-profits on August 2, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Christina Parrish, is a 14 year “Sur-Thriver” of Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.  Christina describes herself as sur-thriver because she strives to thrive everyday.  “It’s important to realize that you are surviving everyday no matter the struggles.”  Christina is the Founder of The Purple Iris Foundation.  Their mission is to raise awareness, provide support, and give hope to indivduals and families affected by cancer, in Maine.  Christina was in great shape and exercised regularly. She will share her journey with us and how her workout on a Pilates ball sent her to the doctor.

If you or anyone you know is in Maine you can contact The Purple Iris Foundation 

“As long as you say my name, I shall live forever.” This episode of Living Hope is dedicated to Peggy Kessler.  Peggy was diagnosed in 2001 and died in 2018.  Chris and I had the honor of meeting Peggy.  Peggy was a great inspiration not only to us but those she came in contact with.


”They come not in single spies but they come in battalions.”

Posted in charities, non-profits on July 20, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

A quote from Hamlet is how Kitty felt when getting her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.  Kitty was going through a difficult time dealing with her father’s illness, a friend in the hospital, so much going on at one time.  It felt like the whole army was marching down on her.  How does someone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer feel like they are the luckist person in the world?  Kitty is very open in sharing her journey with us.  Kitty shares advice given to her husband from her Dr “Your wife is not a statistic, she is a person.”  As well as her own advice, “Dont’ lose hope, don’t lose hope, be here while you’re here.”

“As long as you speak my name, I shall live forever.” This episode is dedicated to Charlotte Rae, a great inspiration and the woman who introduced us.  We love you Charlotte!

Kitty Swink is an actress, activist, artistic director and a two time cancer survivor. She thought when at 39 she survived Breast Cancer she was done. Not so fast. 12 1/2 years ago at 49, she was diagnosed with Stage 2 Pancreatic Cancer, had a Whipple Procedure, chemo, radiation and more chemo and now at 62 she still shows no signs of disease. Grateful to be healthy and working at her craft she devotes a lot of time to helping others diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer move forward with their lives. It has blessed her with many great friends, not the least of which is her adopted mom, Charlotte Rae.
Her career began in commercials, regional theatre and off Broadway. She moved to California with husband of the year, every year, actor Armin Shimerman. She has appeared on dozens of television shows starting from It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and Designing Women, through Star Trek DS9 and Law and Order, on through The Fosters. She currently has two films on the Festival circuit, Penumbra and Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse. She is Associate Artistic Director of the award winning Antaeus Theatre Company. She has been nominated for Ovation, LA Drama Critic and Broadway World Awards and she has received an Independent Series Award, multiple Scenie Awards and an LA Drama Critics Award.  She is a former National VP of Screen Actors Guild.