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`Royal’ visit lifts patients’ spirits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“We love talking to the patients and getting to know them,” said Gibbs, whose mother underwent treatment for breast cancer nearly three years ago at Norris Cancer Center. The hospital’s patients were happy to see the Royal Court members. Juan Perez, who has leukemia, has been undergoing chemotherapy at Norris Cancer Center since April. Perez came for his treatment Tuesday accompanied by his 18-year-old son, David, and said they hadn’t expected to see local royalty. “It feels great,” Juan Perez said, as he pointed to the miniature rose sticker placed on his shirt. The Royal Court toured the hospital, spoke to physicians and visited the Image Enhancement Center, a specialty boutique for cancer patients. Consultants there provide information and advice to patients on appearance, everything from hair alternatives to proper skin care and prosthesis fitting. Princesses Chloe Ghoogassian and Courtney Rubin said visiting with patients is a small gesture but they believe it “lightens up their day,” Ghoogassian said. Darlene Chambers, a 17-year employee at Norris Cancer Center, agreed the yearly visit from the Royal Court is a positive experience for patients and hospital staff. Chambers, 55, is a patient at the hospital now, and said she enjoys talking with the girls and receiving the rose sticker. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494 www.insidesocal.com/schools 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Rose Court visits cancer patients LOS ANGELES – The Rose Queen and her six princesses visited cancer patients at the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital on Tuesday to spread some holiday cheer. The seven-member Royal Court talked with hospital staff and patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments at the hospital. Queen Dusty Gibbs, who wants to be a physician’s assistant and work with pediatric cancer patients, said visiting area hospitals has been a rewarding experience. last_img read more