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Black Lives Matter Organization Protests at City Hall

On Monday, August 15, 2016, the Black Lives Matter organization gathered outside of Los Angeles City Hall to call for the resignation of L.A.P.D. police chief, Charlie Beck. The protest began on Friday, August 12, partially fueled by the killing of Redel Jones, a 30-year-old Black woman. Jones was shot and killed by police in an alley in South Central after allegedly not dropping the knife in her hand.

Protestors march chanting, “Say her name, Redel Jones” | Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Some activists for BLM explain that the reason for their encampment and visible protest is due to the serious racial mentality within the police force. Kate Mather at the Los Angeles Times reported on related statistics, finding that 260 homicides occurred in Los Angeles just last year.

Photo of Sandra Bland outside of City Hall. Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Consequently, questions revolve rapidly amongst the issue. Some questions circulating are whether these homicide rates are due to the massive population of over 4 million people in Los Angeles, gang violence, a racist police force, neglectful police protocol, and/or the type of emergency responses towards certain situations.

BLM organization in Los Angeles | Photo by Jamin Allgood,Leilani Spring Fischbeck
BLM advocates marching in Los Angeles. Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

On August 17, 2016, L.A.P.D. has evicted the BLM organization from the surrounding City Hall grounds.

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Officers outside of City Hall putting up signs. Photo: Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Breast Cancer Awareness Brings Scary Statistics

Millions of individuals are supporting a cause that they can relate to, according to statistics from the Center for Disease Control. Breast Cancer is one of the most widely talked about health diseases in the United States and a substantial number of individuals battle with Breast Cancer every day. The Center for Disease Control regulates and maintains statistical information based on recent trends. According to the CDC’s U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group in 2011, almost 220,097 women and 2,078 men have a breast cancer diagnoses. Consequently, on February 2015, Cancer.Org reveals that 12% of women will get Breast Cancer in their lifetime. Over 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year.

This infographic shows the number of male vs. female breast cancer diagnoses.
This infographic shows the number of male vs. female breast cancer diagnoses. Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.

Treatment for Breast Cancer is often complex and taxing on the body. The Mayo Clinic is a non-profit organization that describes the options for Breast Cancer Treatment, in addition to other health related topics. The options they list for treating Breast Cancer include removal of the cancer cells, a single and/or double mastectomy, or removing lymph nodes. In this year alone, there have been 231,840 cases of invasive breast cancer among women in the United States, according to Susan G. Komen. Moreover, this trend does not seem to be declining. The National Institute of Health (NIH) is reporting an increase in Breast Cancer diagnoses. NIH states that although mastectomies use to be the most common form of treatment, “Breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) followed by local radiation therapy has replaced mastectomy as the preferred surgical approach for treating early-stage breast cancer.”

Individuals from all over are working to cope with their disease or the disease of their loved ones. Consequently, this disease affects women more than men. In addition, studies show that individuals with certain coping strategies may be more successful for surviving the disease. The NIH states that individuals that express their emotions when dealing with this disease have a better success of survival.

Celebrities, like Tom Hanks, are showing their concern with public appearances and large contributions and supporting the issue. In addition, organizations like Avon are showing their support by hosting numerous Breast Cancer awareness events around the world. One of their main events is called, “The Avon Walk around the World for Breast Cancer”, which focuses on showing support in over 50 countries for the disease. Another event that took place in April 2015 raised over 4.6 million dollars in one region, according to popular tweets. Growing popularity of this issue has made the pink ribbon a standard symbol for Breast Cancer Awareness, where individuals wear a pink ribbon to show their support.

Husband and Grandson Share Their Emotional Challenge Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease

Husband and Grandson Share Their Emotional Challenge Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease from Leilani Fischbeck on Vimeo.

The battle with Alzheimer’s Disease continues to grow, and for this family, Alzheimer’s Disease affects their lives daily. Sonny Torocsik is a mechanical engineer living in Los Angeles, CA. Torocsik has been married for over 40 years and takes care of his wife who suffers from an extreme case of Alzheimer’s disease. Aba Horthy is Torocsik’s grandson and a college student who helps assist in daily tasks, such as preparing breakfasts and food. This video shows the two individuals share their feelings and thoughts about the disease.

The Alzheimer’s association highlights the importance of taking care of ones self, planning financially for treatment and other costs, as well as coping with changes together on a daily basis. According to Jennifer Barnett, author of “Early Intervention in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Health Economic Study of the Effects of Diagnostic Timing”, costs for health follow ups with this disease would be significantly lower if treatment started at two years prior to the diagnosis. The multiple planning methods intend to relieve stress and encourage those who have or know someone with the disease. However, Torocsik believes that the primary necessity is to invest in research programs in order to find a cure for this debilitating disease.