Patient Story

Spirit of Giving

December 12, 2019

Spirit of Giving

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“What do you say to people who saved your life?” wondered 39-year-old Tyler Bacon before speaking and meeting many of the blood donors during the Blood Donor Appreciation event.

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Tags: acute myeloid leukemia, AML, blood dononation, featured


Nice Surprise

December 12, 2019

Nice Surprise

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“I was coming down for lunch and saw the Blessing of Hands,” remarks Sherri Echols, an ACP in the med-surg unit at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. UCLA Health chaplains were praying over nurses hands and blessing them. “I’ve never had my hands blessed, but I believe it’s a good thing. It’s a different experience, […]

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Tags: Blessing of Hands, chaplains, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica


A MARVELous Birthday Surprise for Patient at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

December 12, 2019

A MARVELous Birthday Surprise for Patient at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

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UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Chase Child Life Specialist, Megan Pike had an extraordinary idea to help celebrate the 18th birthday of patient — and Marvel superfan, Jesus. After multiple organ transplants, Jesus has been a long-time patient at UCLA Mattel Children’s hospital, and as a result, well-known to most of the staff. Meagan says, “the scavenger […]

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Tags: featured, pediatrics, transplant, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Thriving Body, Happy Mind

November 27, 2019

Thriving Body, Happy Mind

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“UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind is a program that really enhances kids who aren’t affiliated with sports,” explains Brandy Peacock, PE and softball coach at Culver City High School.

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Tags: featured, Sound Body Sound Mind, UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind


Thankful for Love:  Intensive Care Unit Wedding Ceremony Brings Joy to Grieving Family

November 27, 2019

Thankful for Love: Intensive Care Unit Wedding Ceremony Brings Joy to Grieving Family

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The bride looked beautiful in her wedding dress, soft music welled in the background, and her father stood ready by her side.  But instead of walking down the aisle, Janneth walked down a hospital corridor and into the groom’s room in the Intensive Care Unit at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Jorge, her beloved, lay […]

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Tags: 3 Wishes, 3 Wishes Project, featured, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica


From '18 Months Left' to 16 Years

October 23, 2019

From ’18 Months Left’ to 16 Years

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“They told me the cancer had spread to my bones and I was given an 18-month prognosis,” reveals Nancy Radin, who found out her breast cancer had metastasized in her late 40s. “I decided to go elsewhere for a diagnosis and came to UCLA Health. I credit the doctors here with saving my life. I’m […]

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Tags: breast cancer, breast health, cancer treatment, chemotherapy, featured, UCLA Breast Center


Still Holding My Hand

October 23, 2019

Still Holding My Hand

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“I was the first one in my family to be diagnosed with breast cancer,” recalls Charisse Enrique, who had calcifications when she went in for her first mammogram at 40. “So every six months I would go in for a mammogram, and a year a half later, I got an ultrasound. That was it. I […]

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Tags: bilateral mastectomy, breast cancer, breast health, Dr. Amy Kusske, featured, mammogram, UCLA Breast Center Santa Monica


This clinical trial was a life saver

October 23, 2019

This clinical trial was a life saver

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Parton knew he needed extraordinary measures to beat the disease: the cancer was spreading all over his body. That’s when he met with Dr. Edward Garon of the UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Tags: chemotherapy, Dr. Edward Garon, keytruda, lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


October 21, 2019

Experiencing the Best

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“Women get to come together, be pampered, and feel beautiful at a time when their bodies and their own identities feel in transition,” acknowledges Joyce Chang, who spoke during the Breast Cancer Spa Day. “I shared what it’s like to be Dr. Helena Chang’s daughter, which is sharing your mom with all of her patients. […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Breast Cancer Spa Day, breast health, breast surgeon, featured, Helena Chang MD, lump in the breast, UCLA Breast Center


Conditioning Culver City High

October 18, 2019

Conditioning Culver City High

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“We used the UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind program to get the students prepared for the final fitness exam,” says Richard Prieto, physical education teacher for Culver City High School. “The program has really helped out all our students. I think the cardio equipment has helped the most with conditioning. I think when you […]

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Tags: community engagement, featured, fitness gyms, high school gym, special initiatives, UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind