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March 22, 2013 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
Julie Weiss of Santa Monica is indeed a Marathon Goddess. Weiss crossed the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon in 5:17:44. The blogger, who details her running exploits at, would have had a faster finish if not for the media interviews she stopped to do along the way and the fans who met her for hugs and high-fives. For Weiss, 42, the race marked the end of her quest to run 52 marathons in a year to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer, which had claimed her father's life.
March 16, 2013
If you are watching the L.A. Marathon on Sunday, you might spot Julie Weiss by her bouncing blond ponytail, her purple outfit or the purple balloon she plans to tie to her waist. It will be emblazoned with a "52. " You might also recognize her by the mob scene in her wake. Friends and relatives who lost loved ones to pancreatic cancer and patients themselves are coming from near and far to spirit Weiss across that final finish line. - Rene Lynch
March 16, 2013 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
If all goes according to plan, Julie Weiss will cross two finish lines when she completes the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday. The race will mark the end of a quest to run an average of one marathon a week for 52 weeks to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer, the disease that recently took her father's life, and to raise money for a cure via a donation button on her website, Marathon Goddess . "It's going to be overwhelming, I know there's...
March 1, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Bonnie Franklin, star of TV's "One Day at a Time," died Friday at her home in Los Angeles, suffering complications from the pancreatic cancer she had revealed in September. The actress was 69. Later Friday, her sitcom daughters shared their thoughts online. Valerie Bertinelli, who played the younger of divorced mom Ann Romano's kids on the long-running show, said simply on Twitter, "My heart is breaking. " She included a snapshot of herself with Franklin. She continued on her website . "Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me," Bertinelli wrote.
January 31, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Ashton Kutcher has been getting rave reviews from audiences for his role in a biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week, but the star doesn't seem ready to let go of the famed tech whiz just yet. Appearing at the Macworld trade show Thursday morning , Kutcher partook in some banter about his role model and said that he wanted to do justice in telling his story. "If this story is going to get told, I want to get it told in a way that honors my hero," Kutcher told the audience about reading the screenplay.  FULL COVERAGE: Sundance Film Festival 2013 The "jOBS" star tweeted a split-screen photo of himself and the Silicon Valley pioneer earlier this week with the caption, "Thank you Sundance for your support of Jobs.
January 28, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
An apple a day keeps the doctor away right? Well, in moderation. "Two and a Half Men" actor Ashton Kutcher was hospitalized just before he started shooting the film "Jobs" after adopting a fruitarian diet, reported . Fruitarians try to eat a diet solely based on fruit. While talking to reporters at the recent Sundance Film Festival, Kutcher divulged he adopted Steve Jobs' fruitarian diet to help him better play the computer mogul. "I ended up in the hospital two days before we started shooting the movie," Kutcher told the Associated Press . "I was like doubled over in pain, and my pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was completely terrifying, considering everything.
January 25, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"Game of Thrones" actor Wilko Johnson says his pancreatic cancer is giving him a new appreciation for life. The 65-year-old actor, who plays mute knight and executioner Ser Ilyn Payne on the hit HBO series, announced via his manager on his Facebook page in early January that he'd been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. But now, the diagnosis has given him "an elation of spirit," he told BBC's Radio 4's "Front Row . " "You're walking along and suddenly you're vividly alive.
January 11, 2013
Italian actress Mariangela Melato, known for her critically acclaimed performance as a spoiled socialite stranded with a sailor she had tormented in the 1974 film "Swept Away," died Friday in a Rome hospital. The LaPresse news agency said she had pancreatic cancer. She was believed to be 74. Italian director Lina Wertmuller paired Melato with Giancarlo Giannini in the political and sexual farce, whose full title is "Swept Away ... by an unusual destiny in the blue sea of August. " A 1975 Times review called the stars "charismatic" and said they had once again been teamed to "deliciously hilarious and finally heart-tugging effect.
January 4, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Deep in the fine print of a $633-billion defense bill signed by President Obama on Wednesday, a provision aimed at the National Cancer Institute may hasten the development of earlier detection and treatment methods for deadly malignancies such as pancreatic cancer. The Defense Authorization Act signed into law Jan. 2 carried along the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, a measure pressed by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Lung Cancer Alliance to shift the focus of the federal government's cancer research toward malignancies with poor early-detection and low survival rates.
October 19, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
The Kings will be honored on Saturday at a gala fundraiser to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, whose goal is to support patients and advocate for research and a cure. The Kings will get the Emily Couric Public Service Award, named for the late Virginia state senator and sister of talk show host Katie Couric, in recognition of their longstanding efforts to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Spokeswoman Jennifer Reeves said the Kings have hosted several awareness nights at home games the last few seasons to inform fans about the organization's work and have produced two public service announcements that reinforced the message.
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