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Burbank Cancer Survivor Wins Manchester City Football Experience

When Burbank resident Ian MacLeod was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) just over one year ago, the young father and passionate Manchester City Football Club sports fan refused to give up. After undergoing months of radiation, a bone marrow transplant and spending 70 days in a hospital bed, MacLeod has now been in remission for 10 months.

The story of his battle against AML and the continued support of his local Manchester City FC Supporters based in Hollywood was submitted for the annual Manchester City FC #Citystories contest.

Ian MacLeod shares his story with fans on stage at BT City Square, as Natalie Pike and Danny Johnson, two of the Club’s match day and special events presenters, look on. (Photo Courtesy of Manchester City Football Club)

Ian MacLeod shares his story with fans on stage at BT City Square, as Natalie Pike and Danny Johnson, two of Manchester City Football Club’s match day and special events presenters, look on. (Photo Courtesy of Manchester City Football Club)

The video was ultimately voted the #Citystories winner for 2014. The prize included around trip travel and accommodations for MacLeod and his wife to Manchester, England, along with a stadium tour, VIP tickets to the soccer team’s season launch party and opening game, among other perks.

“The past year has taught me so many life lessons. I learned early on in my treatment against cancer that we are all in this together. We need each other to survive in this world,” commented MacLeod.

“I experienced and saw lots of suffering in the hospital, but the love and support of my family and the Hollywood Supporters Club gave me the courage to fight until the end and persevere,” he continued. “I feel very loved by all their support and that makes me lucky beyond reason.”

Ian and Shannon MacLeod, with Manchester City Football Club Ambassador Mike Summerbee (center), on the pitch. (Photo Courtesy of Manchester City Football Club)

Ian and Shannon MacLeod, with Manchester City Football Club Ambassador Mike Summerbee (center), on the pitch. (Photo Courtesy of Manchester City Football Club)

The 35-year-old writer and producer for the Bravo network grew up in Huntington Beach and has lived with his wife Shannon and two young children, Kaiah, age 5, and Beckett, age 3, in Burbank for approximately three years.

MacLeod and his wife flew to England in August and were greeted by Manchester City FC soccer legend and cancer survivor Mike Summerbee. The couple enjoyed the Manchester City FC’s opening party at City Live and MacLeod presented team star Yaya Toure with the club’s Player of the Year award.

“It was an absolute privilege for me to welcome Ian to Manchester. Being a cancer survivor myself I know it’s not an easy road to recovery, but Ian’s story shows us that with the right support network we can overcome anything,” commented Summerbee, former player and current Manchester City FC Ambassador.

“Welcoming Ian to Manchester and having him at our first home game of the season has been an honor for the Club and we hope that he has enjoyed being here as much as we have enjoyed his presence at the start of yet another promising season,” Summerbee continued.

MacLeod and his wife even took some time to visit London and Paris, enjoying the “sights and sounds and the best they had in cuisine.”

Manchester City Football Club's Yaya Toure receives Player of the Year award from Burbank resident Ian MacLeod on stage at City Live in Manchester, England. (Photo Courtesy of Manchester City Football Club)

Manchester City Football Club’s Yaya Toure receives Player of the Year award from Burbank resident Ian MacLeod on stage at City Live in Manchester, England. (Photo Courtesy of Manchester City Football Club)

The couple closed out the trip with special seats in the team’s Chairman’s Lounge to watch Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 in the first home game of the season on August 25.

“The night at City Live was a tremendous experience. Meeting many of the players and presenting an award to my favorite player, YaYa Toure was amazing,” said MacLeod. “Then seeing the game at Etihad Stadium for the first time against Liverpool was a dream come true.”

Winning the #Citystories trip from his favorite football club has been an all-around uplifting experience, he says.

“When we get back to Burbank we plan on getting back to home life as we love being parents,” said MacLeod near the conclusion of his trip to the UK. “We also plan on joining the Hollywood Supporters Club for the rest of what hopes to be an amazing season.”

MacLeod’s story also has been posted on a plaque in the Manchester City FC’s stadium museum. The story of his battle with cancer and contest winning video can be seen on the club’s website here.

Shannon and Ian MacLeod on the Manchester City FC blue carpet ahead of the club's City Live event. (Photo Courtesy of Manchester City Football Club)

Shannon and Ian MacLeod on the Manchester City FC blue carpet ahead of the club’s City Live event. (Photo Courtesy of Manchester City Football Club)

Relay for Life Brings Over 700 People Together for One Reason

Cancer survivors, friends and family came out this weekend to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life that continued for 24 hours, from Saturday to Sunday morning. More than 700 registered to walk. People at booths offered information such as wearing sun block, eating fresh vegetables and getting tested for early detection~ the best defense against the disease.

 

By Joyce Rudolph
BurbankNBeyond

 

Teams of residents and business people came together to walk in the fight against cancer during the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, a 24-hour event that began at 9 a.m. Saturday and ended at 9 a.m. Sunday at Johnny Carson Park.

Larry Rangel, left, of Santa Clarita, and Henry Gross of Burbank walks in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Johnny Carson Park in Burbank. The 24-hour walk started at 9 a.m. Saturday and continued until 9 a.m. Sunday. (Photo By Joyce Rudolph)

The walk continues for 24 hours because cancer never sleeps, said Daniela Barragan, Relay for Life manager, who is based in the American Cancer Society’s Burbank office.

“This event celebrates three things, honoring cancer survivors, remembering those we have lost and fighting back against the disease,” she said.

The Burbank walk was organized by volunteer co-chairmen Nate Frey and Michelle Jacobovitz and 22 committee members. More than 700 people registered. Each year more than 300 events like this are held across the state and 5,000 events are held throughout the country, Barragan said.

Part of fighting back is raising funds and awareness, Barragan added.  The funds raised from the Relay go to cancer research and free services, like free wigs for chemo-therapy patients and rides to
treatment. Several booths set up along the route were sharing information on the importance of wearing sun block, eating more vegetables and getting tests for early detection ~ the best way to win
the battle against cancer.

Among the teams walking were Chad’s Champions, in support of Chad Becken, 37, who is fighting colorectal cancer; and Dan the Man team, honoring the memory of Dan Linegar, founder of the Burbank Relay event, who passed away from esophageal cancer in November.

What Chad Becken’s illness proves is that colon cancer isn’t only contracted by older people, said his mother Susie Becken. People in their 20s and 30s should start getting tested for colorectal cancer,
especially if there is a history of cancer in the family.

“A simple colon test can save your life!” she said.

Veronica Hudson, cancer research coordinator at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, looks at the handprints and names of cancer survivors during the American Cancer Society Relay for Life on May 12, 2012, at Johnny Carson Park in Burbank. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

A special tribute in honor of Dan Linegar was held during the luminaria ceremony on Saturday evening. More than 500 illuminated paper bags lined the park, in the names of survivors and those who had passed away.

Linegar was a huge supporter of Burbank Temporary Aid Center and ran its Santa’s Room for five years, said Victoria Sands of Burbank.

“I feel this event is his legacy,” she said.

A group from the Burbank High School Key Club, a young adult branch of Kiwanis, was getting the luminaries ready for the ceremony.  Participating were Micaela Kingman, 16; Khushbu Patel, 15; Ashley Garber, 16; Ellie Hirahara, 16; Karishma Patel, 15; and Jacob Salomon, 15.

Ellie was volunteering at the event for the second year, she said. She has family members who have survived and passed away from cancer.

“The candlelight ceremony is touching,” she said. “Helping out is really amazing! It’s a good feeling!”

A section of the park had a display of white quilts decorated with multi-colored handprints of survivors. Veronica Hudson, cancer research coordinator at the Roy Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank, knew many of the names.

“Seeing these patients’ names ~ it’s incredible!” she said. “They are so strong. They just keep fighting.”

For questions about cancer, live representatives can be reached 24 hours a day at (800) ACS-2345. Seven languages are spoken.

Try and Walk a Mile in Norris’ Shoes

Eric Norris, on left, with other Relay for Life participants, is shown on lap 108. He went on to complete 174 laps, walking for the entire 24-hour event. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

At the Relay for Life held this past weekend at Johnny Carson Park, participating team member take turns walking the quarter-mile path around the park to raise awareness and money to fight cancer.  One participant went a little farther.

Eric Norris, 44, decided he was going to try and walk the entire 24 hours of the event.  Walking long distances isn’t new to Norris, who walked 40 miles on his 40th birthday just four years ago to raise money for Outward Bound.  You can check that out at http://40at40walk.blogspot.com/

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