Book Drive Honoring ‘Evie’ Benefits Young Patients

Photos courtesy Meredith Swierczynski
An annual book drive is being held in memory of Evelyn “Evie” Swierczynski, a Burbank High School student who died of leukemia in 2018. Reading, which was one of her joys, became especially important when she was a patient at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, whose Literally Healing program provided her with books while she underwent treatment.

Evelyn “Evie” Swierczynski loved to read.
Wendy Vargas, assistant principal at John Muir Middle School, where Evie attended 8th grade, said she always had a book in her hand. Her mother, Meredith, said she often had a stack of tomes nearby.
Evie still loved books when she was at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, having been diagnosed with leukemia just after finishing her freshman year at Burbank High School, where she was in the theater program, in 2018. Even when the chemotherapy made concentrating on reading hard, Meredith Swierczynski said, she and the rest of the family appreciated having them.
Staff members and volunteers with the hospital’s Child Life program would bring Evie DVDs, games and crafts, while the CHLA Literally Healing program provided a new book every day. The latter was a particularly encouraging initiative, Swierczynski said in a phone interview. When Evie was in treatment and couldn’t leave her room on some days, a volunteer could come in wearing a gown and gloves and offer her a book.

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Obituary | Ann Marie Herrmann (Gardes)

3/21/34 – 7/10/2020

Ann Marie Herrmann

July 10, 2020. Ann Marie is survived by her children Carl Herrmann III, Carron Riedman (Jim), Chris Herrmann (Pam), and Catherine Kerley (Chris); grandchildren Jon Michael Herrmann (Jen), Bridgette Diehl (Anthony), Mollie and Emilee Herrmann, Brandt, Jack and Claire Riedman, Jeremy, Mandy and Clayton Herrmann, Cameron and Chad Kerley; great-grandchildren Sebastian and Louis Herrmann and Madeleine Diehl. Sister Barbra Gardes Boyd (Laramie), Niece Laura Boyd McMurray, Nephews David, Greg (Tess), and Jimmy (Edie) and their families. She is predeceased by her parents Bernhardt and Helen Gardes.
Ann Marie spent her youth in Glendale, California, attending Holy Family until 1952. She graduated from UCSB in 1956 with a degree in education. While at UCSB she made lifelong friends and was an active member of the PI Phi sorority serving as President her senior year.
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‘Share the Love’ Fundraiser on March 2

Local resident Meline Sirouinian, the Berube family and their friends will host “Share the Love,” a fundraiser for the leukemia and lymphoma program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, on Friday, March 2. The fundraiser is being held in honor of their son, Christopher Berube, a current La Cañada Preparatory student who was treated at CHLA for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2015.
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