Tag archives: cancer

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Celebrates 20 Years
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 20, 2022

Twenty years ago, in 2002, Nikki Katz (née Simon) recognized that families enduring a pediatric cancer battle needed so much more than thoughts and prayers; they need tangible, meaningful, year-round support. Thus a small idea sparked into a big dream, and the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) was born.  When Katz was a young professional […]

Teddy Bear Picnic
By Lynda Millner   |   May 31, 2022

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) supports the whole family from initial cancer diagnosis, through treatment, and into recovery. “We are a community of dedicated staff, volunteers, and donors who all believe in the same principle: that no family should ever be alone in the fight against cancer. With generous community support, we helped 909 individuals […]

Teddy Bear Picnic at Montecito Club 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 26, 2022

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic at the Montecito Club, scheduled for Sunday, May 15. Along with all the other nonprofit organizations in the tri-counties, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) learned how to be flexible in their event planning and fundraising over the past two years. By re-imagining their signature events […]

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Brings World-Class Treatment to Our Community
By Zach Rosen   |   March 29, 2022

Virtually everyone knows someone who has had, or is being treated for, cancer. This disease has become a prevalent threat in our everyday lives. For those who have been around the treatment process, it can be a scary and challenging time for both the individual and their loved ones. At Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, the entire […]

Comprehensive, State-of-the-Art Cancer Care
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 20, 2022

The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara was founded 73 years ago based on the simple concept that a city that is one of the most desirable places on Earth to live should also have state-of-the-art cancer care available locally. The name, locations, and internal structure has changed over the years, but the nonprofit’s goal has […]

Court Rules in Favor of SBUSD, Just Communities
By Nick Masuda   |   December 28, 2021

While Superintendent Hilda Maldonado knows there is plenty of work to come, a three-year-long court battle with Fair Education Santa Barbara (FESB) concluded last week, with the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) and Just Communities Central Coast (JCCC) victorious after a three-justice appellate court panel ruled in their favor. The lawsuit filed by FESB […]

Opportunities to Give Back: Unity Shoppe, Organic Soup Kitchen both raising funds for those in need
By Nick Masuda   |   November 30, 2021

‘Tis the season for our little slice of heaven to showcase its robust heart, with nonprofits across the South Coast hosting a plethora of events and fundraisers to aid those in need. Throughout the season, we’ll highlight companies that need help in order to hit their goals. This week, we take a look at the […]

‘Provide Some Cheer’: Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Puts Emphasis on Holidays
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 4, 2021

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) was founded by Nikki Katz back in 2002 after hearing of the financial and emotional challenges faced by the family of a three-year-old boy who had been diagnosed with bone cancer and a brain tumor and felt alone in dealing with both the diagnosis and the fallout. “I wanted to […]

Behind Holistic Approach, Sansum Attains Key Designation for Breast Cancer Imaging
By Nick Masuda   |   November 2, 2021

For Dr. Winifred Leung, her job is to take a behind-the-scenes look in order to find something that doesn’t yet exist — but such is the life of a well-regarded breast radiologist. “I try not to belittle breast cancer at all, but I try to make the analogy that what we’re doing is we’re taking […]

Pure Class
By Richard Mineards   |   October 19, 2021

John Daly, the Santa Barbara Foundation’s 78th Man of the Year, and his wife, Marti, celebrated his accolade with a bash for 50 guests at their charming Samarkand home. John, who I’ve known for many years, founded the Key Class, recognized for helping high school students learn skills needed to create a lifetime of opportunities. […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Is Dreaming Big
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 21, 2021

Each September, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) invites the community to join it in recognizing National Childhood Cancer Awareness month through its much-cherished Gold Ribbon Luncheon. After multiple cancellations last year, TBCF has announced a smaller luncheon event, to take place under a tent at the Hilton Santa Barbara’s Plaza Del Sol on Wednesday, October […]

Breast Cancer Resource Center
By Lynda Millner   |   September 14, 2021

The University Club was the venue for a recent summer reception for Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC). The club’s lovely terrace was perfect for this outdoor event and Santa Barbara’s perfect weather topped it off. BCRC was honoring their board president Frank Tabar and plastic surgeon Sara Yegiyants, MD, FACS. There was wine and bites […]

A Beary Big Heart: Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Making a Difference
By Lynda Millner   |   August 19, 2021

Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! I didn’t see any bears, but I saw two human-sized bears running around the big lawn at the Montecito Club. It was time for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) to have a fundraiser and those ladies had been busy putting together this lovely family event. I entered the […]

‘I’m Back’: Breast Cancer Resource Center Empowers Through Fashion Show
By Lynda Millner   |   May 27, 2021

Breast Cancer Resource Center’s (BCRC) main word is “Thrive.” “From the core of oneself, a Thriver taps deeply into innate courage so as to reshape and redefine life’s undesirable circumstances and emerge vibrantly anew.” To thrive is like a plant; to grow vigorously. Every year, BCRC gives a fashion show and luncheon with the models, […]

TBCF Plans In-Person Picnic
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   May 27, 2021

With fingers crossed that California will “reopen” on June 15, the team at Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) is planning their first in-person event in over a year. Like all local nonprofits in 2020, TBCF cancelled numerous fundraising events, held a virtual event, and pivoted at every turn, all while providing more support than ever […]

Breast Cancer Resource Center: THRIVE is Alive
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 25, 2021

Webster’s Dictionary defines thrive as a verb meaning “to grow vigorously, flourish” or “to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances.” No wonder the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara – the nonprofit that provides free educational resources and unique support services for women currently facing a breast cancer diagnosis […]

Longtime Montecito Cafe Waitress Subject of a Local GoFundMe Drive
By Nick Schou   |   February 18, 2021

A week ago, the former manager of the Montecito Inn’s Café, Arielle Chang, manager of the marketplace, gave notice to the Journal about the fate of Barbara Dutra, a manager of the restaurant who has fallen on hard times with stage four colon cancer. “Barbara has worked with us for fifteen years,” said Chang. “She […]

At Organic Soup Kitchen, the Proof is in the Soup
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 11, 2021

Historians say that soup has been a staple of the human diet as long as man has cooked his food. Archaeologists believe that humans have been making soup for at least 20,000 years, beginning with the advent of waterproof containers such as clay pots, where folks could pile in ingredients and boil them over a […]

Happy News
By Richard Mineards   |   January 28, 2021

Oscar winning Montecito actor Jeff Bridges, 71, who revealed he has lymphatic cancer in November, is making great progress in his medical battle, I’m delighted to report. The Big Lebowski star says in a statement on his website that a “new protocol” he’s under seems to be a success. “I go in for a CAT […]

Going for Gold
By Lynda Millner   |   October 13, 2020

Coast Village Road had an extra bit of excitement last Saturday morning. The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation held a masked and social distanced event, partnering with Renaud’s Pattisserie and Bakery, which provided free coffee and yummy croissants, and Nurture Cottage and Mesa Burger, which provided the space for silent auction items (more than 100 online), […]