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Little Heroes Luncheon

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

North Ranch Center

1400 North Westlake Boulevard,

Westlake Village, CA 91362

This Luncheon is affectionately named in honor of children that experience a battle against cancer that no child should ever have to endure. They are our heroes!


This Luncheon is affectionately named in honor of children that experience a battle against cancer that no child should ever have to endure. They are our heroes!

J. Paul Gignac

Nikki Katz

Felicia Schoenewald

Michael Taylor

Kaila Thompson

Bonny Trejos

Katie Wolfe

Event Sponsor

Healer Bear 

Skyline Framing Inc.

To learn about sponsorship and underwriting opportunities,

please contact Lindsey Leonard, Executive Director,

by email or 805.563.4740.

To reserve your spot or become a table captain

please contact Shelby Thomas, Special Events Director,

by email or 805.617.0845.

Why Do Our Kids Need Your Help?

The need for our services continues to grow. 

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation helps kids living in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. In 2015, 33% of the kids we helped lived in Ventura County. As a direct result of your donations, we are able to continually provide support to families in your very own community

Inspirational Speakers:

Dr. Francisco Bracho

Director of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology program at Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC)

Dr. Francisco Bracho provides both in-patient and out-patient diagnostic consultations and treatments at VCMC, a satellite center for cancer and blood diseases of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), that provides local services and collaborates with CHLA for tertiary care and clinical research. He received his bachelor of science and medical doctorate from UCLA and completed his pediatric residency at USC. He also completed hematology/oncology fellowships at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and Georgetown University Medical Center. First introduced to TBCF in 2007, he has offered his enduring support through his position on TBCF’s Advisory Council.

Melinda Marchiano

Childhood Cancer Survivor, Award Winning Author, & Motivational Speaker

Melinda Marchiano is childhood cancer advocate. Her book, Grace: A  Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, has received several honors, including an Ippy Award silver medal and the Benjamin Franklin Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Nonfiction). A recent graduate of Pepperdine University with a BA in Creative Writing, she is still deeply involved with the university’s dance company as a director, choreographer, and dancer. Melinda is an inspirational speaker and has traveled over 7,000 miles, through 28 states, and visited 15 children’s hospitals in what she named the Children’s Hospitals Hope Tour. She hosted the powerful childhood cancer documentary, The Truth 365, and speaks for multiple cancer organizations as well as various church, support, business, and school groups. Recently, she was named an ambassador for ccThrive, an organization working to help childhood cancer survivors not simply survive their disease, but thrive. Melinda currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is a principle dancer with Cantinas Dance Project. Her ultimate goal is remind others of beauty and hope through all that she creates.

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