With blinding pink everywhere you looked for their “Barbie Bash,” at Noor, Cancer Support Community Greater San Gabriel Valley (CSCGSGV) celebrated themselves and their new Sierra Madre headquarters building Friday evening.
“This evening is a time that women and men can come together to honor those who are facing cancer,” said Executive Director Patricia Ostiller, “as well as those who have survived, and their families and friends.”
The Pasadena organization has been in existence for 33 years, and recently purchased their own headquarters, ending decades of having to lease space in various buildings.
The group also recently changed its name from Cancer Support Community Pasadena to Cancer Support Community Greater San Gabriel Valley.
“We think our new name is more inclusive because we do serve the entire San Gabriel Valley with what we do,” Ostiller added.
“We have amazing hospitals in this area, of course,” she said. “In Glendale , and City of Hope, and Huntington, and that is a blessing, because what we do is we treat the mind, the anxiety and distress of patients going back into workplace, for example, and there is evidence and enough research to say that when you combine stellar medical in hospitals with psychosocial support from organizations in the community, we are definitely improving their quality of life.”
The event saluted the summer blockbuster movie, “Barbie,” and its message of female empowerment, as guests dressed in all manner of pink from prom queens to pilots and athletes.
The pink evening was emceed by writer/ trivia expert and Tik Tok personality Muffy Marracco, as CSCSGV board member Ellen Driscoll, dressed in a pink suit as “Barbie Divorce Lawyer,” helped the evening’s auction.
Said Driscoll, “I am grateful to be the auctioneer tonight, as it’s always one of my favorite events of the year.” Driscoll added, I think I can easily ask people to give generously, because I do. I find it incredibly rewarding to support CSCSGV and those we serve.”
Guests also watched a video about Kinley Bonafassi and her mother Becky, who, during Kinley’s ultimately fatal cancer journey, became advocates for a bald Barbie. The doll would honor patients who lost their hair during chemotherapy treatment. Following Kinley’s passing, Fashionista Barbie #150 was created by Mattel in 2020.
Since Kinley’s death, Becky continued to advocate on behalf of young cancer patients and helped get the Survivor, Treatment, Access and Research (Star) Act passed, the most comprehensive childhood childhood cancer bill ever passed by Congress.
The evening also raised tens of thousands of dollars to support the ongoing work of Cancer Support Community Greater San Gabriel Valley.
More information about Cancer Support Community Greater San Gabriel Valley is available at https://www.cancersupportsgv.org/.