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CSCP's Board of Directors chooses new Executive Director

A letter from CSCP's former Executive Director, Meg Symes:

Dear wonderful amazing friends and generous supporters of CSCP,


Being a part of this amazing CSCP community as a volunteer, staff member and participant member over these past 10 years has been beyond wonderful for me, and now I have great news to share with you! 


After a four-month executive search, the CSCP Board of Directors has chosen Patricia V. Ostiller, JD, CFRE to serve as the organization’s new Executive Director. A graduate of Northwestern University and Loyola Law School, Patricia has served as CSCP’s Director of Development since 2015. Since that time, I have had the joy of working with her.


During my tenure as Executive Director over the past three years, Patricia and I have worked closely to ensure the steady growth of this wonderful organization that we both love. I have witnessed firsthand her commitment to our members and our mission, her tireless work ethic, her valuable skill sets, and her genuine compassion and grace.


We share a passion for helping families in our community who are facing cancer. I am so happy for Patricia and CSCP, and I’m confident that with your continued support, Patricia will lead CSCP to new heights for families facing cancer.


Please join me in extending congratulations to Patricia, my friend and colleague.


And enormous thanks to both Patricia and Laura Wending, our Program Director, who stepped in as Co-Executive Directors during my medical leave.  CSCP has never skipped a beat through this transition!





P.S. Before retiring in June 2020, I will assist Patricia with leadership succession and also help with the planning of CSCP’s 30th anniversary Gala on May 2, 2020 to be held at The Langham in Pasadena. We hope to see you there!!!!  Gala planning is full steam ahead!  🥰

Cancer Support Community Raises $288k at 'Shake, Rattle & Roll'

Cancer Support Community Pasadena hosted its 27th annual Angel Gala “Shake, Rattle & Roll” last Saturday night. The event grossed more than $288,000 for the organization, with an unprecedented 372 guests in attendance and a record number of event sponsors.
Co-chairs Stephanie and Andy Miller, Gretchen Seager and Louis Gutierrez, and Hilary and Jeff Scofield, and their gala committee, orchestrated the 1950s sock hop-themed festivities featuring a reception with silent auction, dinner, live auction and dancing. Fritz Coleman was the emcee. A surprise performance by the USC marching band was a highlight of the evening.
LeAnn and Michael Healy, along with Whittier Trust, were honored with Angel Awards for their generous and consistent support of CSCP.
“Angel Gala is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Meg Symes, CSCP’s executive director. “It raises a large portion of our annual operating dollars. We couldn’t be more grateful to all of our gala supporters.”
In addition to the event co-chairs, other committee members included Melissa Alcorn, Kal Antoun, Lisa Ashworth, Michelle Chavoor, Kristin Fox, Pam Franklin, Christina Kempton, Julie Kenworth, Sally Mann, Vicky Mulligan, Diana Rafeedie-Nofal, Cindy Nuccio, Stephanie Poole, Susan Ratliff, Courtney Seiter, Suzy Sheedy, Meg Symes, Jeanne Thompson, Lydia Valenta and Tara Westwater.
Cancer Support Community Pasadena provides free support groups, educational workshops, and healthy lifestyle classes to cancer patients and their families. For more information, visit
See article in Outlook Newspapers.

Young Adults Get Warmth, Care at Cancer Support Community

When 33-year-old Jennifer O’Mahony was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer a year ago, it wasn’t so much a life interrupted. It was a life under siege.

Four years married and in the upswing of a hard-fought career in fashion design, the Oklahoma native and her husband, Ryan, had moved from the bustling Hollywood neighborhood to settle down in Pasadena. They planned to have a family soon, and a dog, maybe sooner. They were prudent, renting first, before plunging into the crazy real estate market. They priced homes in Altadena.

And then O’Mahony had a grand mal seizure one night while watching TV with Ryan by her side, and lost consciousness.

“It came out of nowhere … they took me to Huntington Hospital ER where they started running every test under the sun,” she recalled.    Continue reading full article

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