Operation Walk’s Global Work Puts Lives Back in Stride

Photo courtesy Camilla Ward La Cañada Flintridge residents Dr. Paul Gilbert (right) and his wife, Cindy, a registered nurse, visit a patient during a medical mission to Havana. Gilbert is the medical director for Operation Walk and an orthopedic surgeon at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
Photo courtesy Camilla Ward
La Cañada Flintridge residents Dr. Paul Gilbert (right) and his wife, Cindy, a registered nurse, visit a patient during a medical mission to Havana. Gilbert is the medical director for Operation Walk and an orthopedic surgeon at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

The moment a physically disabled patient can stand and walk for the first time without pain is one that Dr. Lawrence Dorr never tires of witnessing. As an international leader in the field of orthopedics, Dorr has sought to give that gift of mobility and hope to as many as possible, including those who otherwise would never be able to afford it, in some of the most remote places of the world. Through Operation Walk, the former longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident found the vehicle that would take him around the globe and change lives — not just of those able to walk again, but of everyone who shares in the experience.
“The smiles that spread across their faces are something you never forget — their whole face just lights up,” said Dorr, who founded the organization in 1994 with just a small medical team to perform free knee and hip replacements. “For a person who goes from being completely dependent on others to having that independence again, it’s an incredibly uplifting thing.”
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Operation Walk’s Global Work Puts Lives Back in Stride

The moment a physically disabled patient can stand and walk for the first time without pain is one that Dr. Lawrence Dorr never tires of witnessing.
As an international leader in the field of orthopedics, Dorr has sought to give that gift of mobility and hope to as many as possible, including those who otherwise would never be able to afford it, in some of the most remote places of the world. Through Operation Walk, Dorr found the vehicle that would take him around the globe and change lives — not just of those able to walk again, but of everyone who shares in the experience.

Photo courtesy Cohan Zarnoch
Dr. Lawrence Dorr, founder of Operation Walk, visits a patient after surgery in Arusha, Tanzania.

“The smiles that spread across their faces are something you never forget — their whole face just lights up,” said Dorr, who founded the organization in 1994 with just a small medical team to perform free knee and hip replacements. “For a person who goes from being completely dependent on others to having that independence again, it’s an incredibly uplifting thing.”
Now, Operation Walk has performed some 12,000 surgeries across 12 countries and has about 20 chapters across the U.S., and in Canada, Ireland and Greece. Continue reading “Operation Walk’s Global Work Puts Lives Back in Stride”

LCUSD Back to School; Turns to Safety, Security

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members praised local schools for successful back-to-school events at their Tuesday meeting, the first the board has held since breaking for part of the summer after its Aug. 7 session.
“We’ve had a great start to the school year,” said LCUSD President Kaitzer Puglia, noting the successful PTA meeting kick-offs district wide and plentiful participation. “I cannot thank the families of this district enough for all that you do to make this place a wonderful learning environment.”
The board kicked off the meeting by honoring the La Cañada High School sports medicine team and its coach, who crowded the room in their red team shirts to receive certificates of achievement. The team recently placed fourth in the National Sports Medicine Competition, and students claimed individual places as well, with Allison Mueller taking first place. More than 3,500 sports medicine students from 300 high schools participated.
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Innovate Pasadena Leads City’s Tech Cutting Edge

OUTLOOK photo Innovate Pasadena President Beth Kuchar and co-founder and Chairman Mike Giardello share the vision of Pasadena as a technological hub of the San Gabriel Valley.
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Innovate Pasadena President Beth Kuchar and co-founder and Chairman Mike Giardello share the vision of Pasadena as a technological hub of the San Gabriel Valley.

If Innovate Pasadena were a business, it would be a startup company.
With Pasadena the backdrop to some of the nation’s leading science, research and design institutions, such as Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the ArtCenter College of Design, it seems the only fitting description for the nonprofit advocating for the city’s cutting-edge reputation. Continue reading “Innovate Pasadena Leads City’s Tech Cutting Edge”

Clergy Coalition Ministers to Public Needs, Bridges Divides

Clergy Community Coalition President Pastor Kerwin Manning and board member and past-President Pastor Jean Burch have worked to improve the quality of life for their Pasadena neighbors.
Clergy Community Coalition President Pastor Kerwin Manning and board member and past-President Pastor Jean Burch have worked to improve the quality of life for their Pasadena neighbors.

City of Roses, the Clergy Community Coalition wants you to know it’s got your back.
Whether it be for low-income housing, social justice, health or the public schools, the nonprofit organization made up of pastors from more than 30 local churches has worked to bridge the gap between the community, local government and police since 2005. It has formed a tightly-knit group of community partners with other nonprofits, the Police Department, school superintendent, city manager and state legislators. Continue reading “Clergy Coalition Ministers to Public Needs, Bridges Divides”

TACSC Summer Camp Creates Leaders Who Serve

Photo courtesy TACSC TACSC Executive Director Heidi McNiff Johnson, joined by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, recently received the Catholic archdiocese’s Cardinal’s Award and TACSC received the proceeds from that event.
Photo courtesy TACSC
TACSC Executive Director Heidi McNiff Johnson, joined by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, recently received the Catholic archdiocese’s Cardinal’s Award and TACSC received the proceeds from that event.

Catholic sleep-away camp may not sound like the hippest annual event, but the Pasadena summer leadership conference devised by the Association of Catholic Student Councils has become a hot ticket, growing exponentially. The nonprofit’s year-round curriculum now boasts more than 27,000 alumni. Continue reading “TACSC Summer Camp Creates Leaders Who Serve”

SKILLZ Keeps Summer School Cool, Engaging

Photo courtesy Flintridge Center Students at SKILLZ Summer School earn credit recovery and learn life lessons through the collaborative program organized by the nonprofit organizations Flintridge Center, Stars (formerly known as Lake Avenue Community Foundation) and Day One.
Photo courtesy Flintridge Center
Students at SKILLZ Summer School earn credit recovery and learn life
lessons through the collaborative program organized by the nonprofit organizations Flintridge Center, Stars (formerly known as Lake Avenue Community Foundation) and Day One.

Though summer school often implies relentless hours of absorbing an entire academic year of information in just a few weeks, a collaboration of Pasadena nonprofits has devised an effective mix of credit recovery, fun and life lessons to keep local kids focused and coming back for more. Continue reading “SKILLZ Keeps Summer School Cool, Engaging”

AbilityFirst Helps Make Employment Dreams Work

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst Long-time AbilityFirst board member Mark Fedde and his son, Taylor, participate in a “Stroll & Roll” fundraiser for the nonprofit.
Photo courtesy AbilityFirst
Long-time AbilityFirst board member Mark Fedde and his son, Taylor, participate in a “Stroll & Roll” fundraiser for the nonprofit.

Like any young adult, 27-year-old Jessica
Marrero is steering her own course, working toward becoming a chef and someday earning enough money to afford her own apartment.
The clear-eyed, upbeat Marrero, a determined woman who has Down syndrome, takes her own transportation to work at HOPE Cafe and Catering. She arrives early, promptly changes into her work clothes, keeps a clean work station and smiles broadly at co-workers as she does food preparation. Continue reading “AbilityFirst Helps Make Employment Dreams Work”

HOPE Cafe Thrives on Serving Food With a Mission

Photo courtesy Tony Lancaster HOPE Cafe and Catering owner Tony Lancaster and his wife, Ann, donate 10% of their sales back to local nonprofits such as Door of Hope that work to help families experiencing homelessness.
Photo courtesy Tony Lancaster
HOPE Cafe and Catering owner Tony Lancaster and his wife, Ann, donate 10% of their sales back to local nonprofits such as Door of Hope that work to help families experiencing homelessness.

Some stories tell themselves, and that of HOPE Cafe and Catering owner Tony Lancaster might just be one of those, including chapters that could be titled Rehab, Rebirth and Redemption. Continue reading “HOPE Cafe Thrives on Serving Food With a Mission”

STEAM:CODERS Helps Put Kids on Track in Tech

OUTLOOK photo Camper Genesis Montgomery gets help from instructor Michael Dragomir.
OUTLOOK photo
Camper Genesis Montgomery gets help from instructor Michael Dragomir.

At a Norma Coombs Elementary School day camp recently, little hands and fingers flew over Chromebooks, with color puzzle pieces being dragged into place as the campers built a fictional, interactive story through the introductory Scratch coding program.
“You just have to play with it,” Michael Dragomir, a STEAM:CODERS summer camp teacher, told a 3rd-grader, who needed little encouragement as she did just that. She readjusted her headphones and dragged a different piece to see how that might change things up in her virtual-reality fiction, which happened to be a story about two girlfriends chatting in the park. Continue reading “STEAM:CODERS Helps Put Kids on Track in Tech”