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‘Jerry’s Journey’

by Jerry Jambazian

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An idea was born over a year ago to have a multi-city fitness challenge. City Of Hope in Duarte is celebrating 100 years of curing cancer. Their next 100 years will be devoted to preventing cancer. To that end Foothill Fitness Challenge was born.

Seven cities and their Mayor’s are leading the challenge. Participating city’s are Duarte, Monrovia, Temple City, Baldwin Park, Irwindale, Arcadia, and Azusa. Each city will participate over a three-month period to see who is the fittest city in the foothills. Temple City Mayor Cynthia Sternquist got a little head start with the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge during the summer months spanning 9 weeks.

They expected 300 participants and were overwhelmed with over 1,000. Families for fitness walked 1 mile through the City of Hope campus taking a visual tour along the way. If you like dancing, Zumba was available promoting exercise and a healthy lifestyle with an end result to reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes.

Fitness WebEmmy award winning chef Nathan Lyons gave live demonstrations to an enthusiastic crowd on preparing healthy salads. City of Hope President Robert Stone was a gracious host as he welcomed hundreds of guest at Heritage Park. Since its inception in 1913 as the Jewish Consumptive Relief Association of California (JCRA), City of Hope has grown to become one of the most renowned medical institutions in the country, with a legacy of providing compassionate patient care and the best treatments available. In fact, City of Hope has pioneered many of the medical breakthroughs in the treatment of tuberculosis, cancer, diabetes, HIV- AIDS and other life-threatening diseases that are now considered standard medical practice.

The City of Hope story begins in 1913, when a poor young tailor, alone and in pain, collapses and dies from tuberculosis on a Los Angeles sidewalk. Saddened by the tragedy and spurred by compassion to help others in need, volunteers establish the JCRA and raise money to start a free, nonsectarian tuberculosis sanatorium. With almost $2,500 raised at a benefit concert at Temple Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, the JCRA puts a down payment on 10 acres of sun-drenched land in Duarte, where they would establish the Los Angeles Sanatorium a year later. The sanatorium consists of two tents—one for patients and the other for a nurse. So begins a century- long journey that will place City of Hope at the forefront of the nation’s medical institutions.

Temple City Tweets:

• Citizen’s Academy class of 2013 will begin on Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall. Twenty-seven new members will kick-off with an introductory session on the “Starring Roles of City Leaders.”

• A popular family-fun event is the Fall Festival & Car Show from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Temple City Park. It features children’s activities, craft vendors, collector cars and performances by Temple City High School’s acclaimed vocal arts program.

• Free Flu Shots will be available October 23 on a first-come basis to those without health insurance. It will be held at Live Oak Park Community Center from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.. For further information please call 285-2171 ext. 2358.

• After seven long years The Gateway Project has been issued building permits. The project includes the construction of an underground parking garage for 272 cars, and four separate buildings totaling 80,000 square feet of commercial area. Outdoor dining, public gathering area, water features, be still my heart!!

I am happy to announce my new website dedicated to everything Temple City. It captures the spirit and community of a great city. Check it out at: to see recent photo and video events. You can also like

us on Facebook. I would welcome your comments at

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
‘Jerry’s Journey’