Cancer survivor has birthday with Elton John
Young girl overcomes great odds to celebrate in Vegas
Breanna Pfllaumer turned 21 years old last month and celebrated the way most young adults want to mark that big day -- with a trip to Vegas.
But Breanna is not like most young adults. The fact that she celebrated her 21stbirthday is testament to a very skilled pediatric neurosurgeon, Breanna’s unending supply of determination and strength, and her family’s ability to weather the uncertainty of their daughter’s battle with brain cancer.
When Breanna was only 13 years old and a freshman in high school, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Her doctors gave her three weeks to three months to live. That was eight years ago.
Breanna had initially been treated for her suddenly stunted growth. The doctor she was seeing blamed her small stature on an eating disorder. After 10 months, what doctors finally saw was a tumor in her brain. Surgery removed a very small, and ultimately, inadequate sample. Based on that sample, her doctors told Breanna and her family that she was nearing the end of her life.
The family went into crisis mode and traveled far away for experimental treatments for that type of tumor. The treatments didn’t help, likely because Breanna had a different type of tumor. Instead, she had a highly treatable form of pediatric brain cancer which, if found early, is most often surgically removed and cured.
According to her father, Tom, the many delays by their HMO allowed Breanna's tumor to continue to grow and it did, indeed, become nearly inoperable and potentially deadly.
Long story short, Breanna’s family found a brilliant surgeon at UCLA and, after much discussion with her HMO, her surgeon was finally allowed to operate.
After more brain surgeries than I can count and two strokes that have left her struggling to overcome partial paralysis, Breanna beat the odds and graduated high school. She triumphantly received her diploma to the roar of a packed stadium standing on its feet and screaming with joy.
It seemed like Breanna was now headed for her new life adventures, like other graduates. But, because the tumor could not be completely removed, there have been more medical crises accompanied by miraculous strides forward.
Which takes us to Breanna’s adventures in Vegas. She said it was a great family trip where she had her “first” drink -- a strawberry daiquiri. OK, maybe not her very first. The main event awaiting Breanna was an Elton John concert.
Breanna’s attendance was no secret to Sir Elton. He entertained the whole family backstage before the concert, regaling them with genuine sweetness and war stories of his good friend, the late Freddie Mercury. Of course, they had supreme seats. But then Sir Elton went the extra mile. During the concert, he wished Breanna a happy birthday and dedicated a song to her.
A bold ride on the Las Vegas zipline and other fun stuff completed Breanna’s celebration.
But life is never a straight line for her and she had been having trouble walking before the trip. During the visit, Breanna had a terrible time walking. She had endured previous surgery for a cyst on her spine a while ago and now another cyst had formed on her spine.
After coming back home and going through another back surgery, Breanna recovered quickly. Then it hit her, pain in her head unlike anything she had ever known.
A trip to the ER revealed a clogged shunt in her brain and a few days later, her magnificent surgeon again helped her get past the crisis. Breanna is now home and resting up. Her father assured me that she is doing well now.
I have written several articles about Breanna and her astonishing life and I will continue to report on her progress. Knowing Breanna and her family has been one of the highlights of living in Moorpark. Being able to tell others about her makes it that much better.
Happy birthday, young lady, and watch those daiquiris, they can sneak up on you.
David Furnish Fights the Stigma of HIV/AIDS
As chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, David Furnish is doing all he can to see that his son one day lives in an AIDS-free world. Earlier this week the activist and filmmaker delivered a keynote speech at the United States Conference on AIDS in Chicago, discussing the Greater Than AIDS initiative, of which the Elton John AIDS Foundation is a founding partner. Amid the weeklong conference, Furnish found time to speak with The Advocate about the importance of the campaign, what motivated him to fight this disease, and what he’d like to see in the future.
The Advocate: What led The Elton John AIDS Foundation to cofound Greater Than AIDS?
David Furnish: Just the opportunity to partner with many wonderful people, like the Kaiser Foundation, Walgreens, Johnson Publishing, and Ebony magazine. We saw it as an opportunity to dive straight in and address the biggest issues that we see affecting people: understanding and knowing about their HIV status, and the stigma associated with that. Walgreens now has in 450 of their pharmacies within African-American and gay communities across America the opportunity to go in and get on-the-spot HIV testing with counseling and medication counseling. We’re finding, despite the fact that we’ve been living with this disease for 30 years, that the greatest challenge we’re facing is stigma. The biggest hurdle we have to overcome — and that’s why we went with the Greater Than AIDS awareness campaign — is getting people to overcome their fear and their inhibitions so they can go into safe, easy environments and learn their HIV status as soon — and as privately — as possible so they can act accordingly.
How important are events like the USCA? What do you hope comes out of it?
It’s very important because I think there is a younger generation of people and a lot of minority communities that basically hit the [information] snooze button on the alarm clock — the alarm clock that I heard very strongly when I was a gay man coming to terms with my sexuality and dealing with HIV in the ’80s. Those alarm bells were ringing very, very loudly. But it’s fallen off the agenda. People aren’t writing about AIDS as much anymore. I get very frustrated every time I pick up a newspaper on World AIDS Day and find the story buried on page 26, if it’s covered at all. In most major cities, one in five gay men are infected, but 50% of them don’t know it. The message clearly isn’t getting out there.
What would you like to say to the younger generation?
I would say, if you’re in a situation to prevent yourself from contracting any disease, you should do so. [Which means] wearing a condom if you’re in a nonexclusive relationship or in an exclusive relationship where you don’t know the status of your partner. Prevention is still very important. But if you don’t know your status, the important thing is to get tested. Because a lot of young gay men think, Oh, I’m not vulnerable — it’s the older generation of gay men that were affected by this disease. They’re wrong. That’s where we’re seeing the growth. So they do need to take precautions.
Sinočnji koncert Eltona Johna v skoraj polni dvorani Stožice je navdušil obiskovalce. Nekateri so kljub dve uri in pol dolgem koncertu domol odšli z besedami, da jih je pustil kratke za enega njegovih največjih hitov – Nikita. Medtem, ko je Elton navduševal svoje oboževalce, ki jim je pred bisom kar z odra delil avtograme, se je sam navduševal nad slovensko – hrvaško navezo dveh čelistov Two cellos. Luka Sulič in Stjepan Hauser sta sicer ogrevala občunstvo preden je svoj koncert začel britanski zvezdnik in kasneje z Eltonovo zasedbo odigrala kar nekaj pesmi. Navdušuje pa predvsem dejstvo, da so pregovorno hladni slovenci tokrat svojo zadržanost pustili doma.
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However it was slammed by the critics and closed in May 2006 after 39 performances. Publisher HarperCollins has announced today that the. Lennon made the rare stage appearance to keep the promise he made that he would appear on stage with Elton if “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” became a number1 single. In great concern, and as a long time friend, his statements should not have been of public matter! Music style John’s voice was once classed as tenor, it is now baritone. A picture featuring Michael John and Joel Mason with Billy Joel and Elton John promoting their Face to Face tour appears on OnlineSeats. His albums continued to sell, but of the six released in the latter half of the 1980s, only Reg Strikes Back (number16, 1988) placed in the Top 20 in the United States. Afternoon Bitch-Back: What’s to Become of Fabulously Bitchy Lea Michele? Apr 28 Elton Johns mum: He has cut me out of his life Elton John and partner David Furnish may be enjoying life as new parents but for the legendary singers own mum things arent quite as rosy.
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Elton John did have an alcohol problem (he is supposed to be sober for some time now).
What Elton did was use Billy to get more publicity.
Is it worth depriving the charity because of the bigoted source of the funding?
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I’m here because my sister-in-law bought me tickets for my birthday. I know he doesn’t usually play that song outside of New York, but it’s one of his favorites. Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) XHTML: You can use these tags: Stay Informed SMS Newsletter Twitter Facebook RSS Watch Lady Gaga’s “You & I” Music Video Premiere! In the last issue of Rolling Stone, John spoke about his close friend and tourmate Joel’s struggles with addiction, criticizing him for not taking. I’ve had tickets to Elton at Radio City a bunch of years ago. Play Videos Play Music // Buy Now ↓ CD Digital Album More Options: Official Store MyPlay Store iTunes Amazon. X17 EXCLUSIVE – Paris And Nicky Hilton Pocket $1 Million To Attend Sweet 16 Party In Cannes Paris and Nicky Hilton know how to make money. Elton John, Chelsea Clinton & Anna Wintour Kick Off Fashion Week At amFAR Gala (PHOTOS) A flock of fashionistas and fashion-supporters headed to Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday to kick off the fall shows at the amFAR New York Gala.
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This is the third concert to be held in Wrigley Field following Jimmy Buffet in 2005 and The Police in 2007. Last week a semi-trailer truck carrying staging equipment for the Elton John-Billy Joel Wrigley shows overturned at Irving Park and Pulaski Roads.
Watch videos & listen free to Elton John and Billy Joel: Piano Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road & more, plus 5 pictures. William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949, in Bronx, New York, USA) an American singer, pianist, and songwriter . He released his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973. According to the RIAA, he is the sixth best selling artist in the United States. Joel had Top 10 hits in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, is a six-time Grammy Award winner and has sold in excess of 150 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (Class of 1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Class of 1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (Class of 2006). Joel retired from recording pop music in 1993 but continued to tour (sometimes with Elton John). In 2001 he subsequently released Fantasies & Delusions, a CD of classical compositions for piano. In 2007 he returned to recording with a single entitled "All My Life". Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm.
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In early September, John contacted his writing partner Bernie Taupin, asking him to revise the lyrics of his 1973 song “Candle in the Wind” to honour Diana, and Taupin rewrote the song accordingly.
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Singer/musician Sir Elton John performs onstage at the Honda Center on March 30, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Elton John
Retrieved 28 December 2010 ^ Disney Theatrical Theatre – The Lion King Disney. LeAnn Rimes turned heads on the beach in Malibu Friday afternoon, showing off her fine physique in this teeny bikini. Drew Clarifies His Feelings On Amy Winehouse, Jeff Conaw. Comments 206 Pending Comments 0 View FAQ Comments are closed for this entry We are testing different comment ordering to see which the community prefers. He married his close friend and sound engineer, Renate Blauel on Valentine’s Day 1984 – the marriage lasted three years. John introduced the lineup before a crowd of 75,000 in London’s Wembley Stadium. Cute, but run along now pumpkin, grown-ups are trying to talk. The throngs of lovers in the house cheered in agreement.
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Elton John recently sat down with Rolling Stone to reminisce on his 40 years in the business and the knighted new dad eventually got around to talking about the troubles of his longtime pal (at least, he was a pal before the interview) and former touring partner Billy Joel.
While John predicted that Joel would react adversely to his comments, Joel appears unmoved by them either way and says his friendship with John remains solid.
"Rocket Man" singer opens up about longtime pal and former touring partner in Rolling Stone, saying Joel needs to buckle down in a rigorous rehab program
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Sometimes, you have to walk away because in the end, it’s their life and if they keep pushing you away, you have to walk away.
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Just as predicted, Billy Joel now hates Elton John. In the last issue of Rolling Stone, John spoke about his close friend and tourmate Joel’s struggles with addiction, criticizing him for not taking rehabilitation more seriously.
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Within only a three year span, between 1972-75 John saw seven consecutive albums reach Number 1 in the charts, which had not been accomplished before.
Speaking of Charlie Sheen, Elton John has some candid remarks about – and to – fellow musician Billy Joel. – USATODAY.com
John also recorded material with Millie Jackson in 1985. In 1986, he played the piano on two tracks on the heavy metal band Saxon’s album Rock the Nations. The lyrics and accompanying photo booklet are infused with a specific sense of place and time that is otherwise rare in John’s music. There is no way I can determine if Billy is an alcoholic, even if I was around him frequently which I’m not. We want the piano man to be with us. In the last issue of Rolling Stone, John spoke about his close friend and tourmate Joel’s struggles with addiction, criticizing him for not taking rehabilitation more seriously. By 1975, the pressures of stardom had begun to take a serious toll on him. I know you are but what am I?
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