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Circle of Hope’s 2012 Princesses

Posted: April 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Left to right, Denise Bailey, Viola Franks and Linda Petrie will represent Circle of Hope at the annual Walk for Hope to be held April 21 at Castaic Lake Lower Lagoon. The trio are all cancer survivors who have been assisted by Circle of Hope.

Circle of Hope will host the eighth annual 5K Walk for Hope at the Castaic Lake Lower Lagoon on April 21.

Honored at this year’s walk were event princesses Denise Bailey, Linda Petrie and Viola Franks, all Santa Clarita Valley breast cancer survivors who want to give back in gratitude to the community.

Denise Bailey

“Circle of Hope has been the highlight of my cancer (experience),” said Denise Bailey.

Bailey is a single mother first diagnosed with breast cancer after her August 2011 mammogram.

The 50-year-old Valencia resident also has the added burden of a 10-year battle with multiple sclerosis.

Bailey was referred to Circle of Hope by a local breast care specialist who was present when Bailey received her diagnosis.

When the organization stepped up with support, she said, “All I had to worry about was getting well.”

Linda Petrie

Linda Petrie underwent a double mastectomy when she was found to be HER2 positive after her October 2010 breast cancer diagnosis.

While anticipating the insurmountable financial repercussions of cancer treatment, Petrie searched for help wherever she could, turning up little more than gas money and advice.

Petrie, a former retail manager. soon found she didn’t meet the criteria for most public aid.

“I was shaken to the core wondering how I could pay for it all,” she said.

Viola Franks

Currently experiencing her second bout with metastatic breast cancer, Viola Franks summed up her philosophy that, “sometimes you just have to accept what happens and trust your doctor.”

Franks had just turned 50 in March of 2008 when her Stage 3 breast cancer was discovered.

After successful treatment that included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the Canyon Country mother of two thought she was home free.

When she developed unrelenting back pain in the fall of 2010, doctors found a tumor in the lining of her lung, large enough to have cracked her rib.


What advice would they give the newly diagnosed? “Believe you’ll be OK,” says Bailey, who adds that staying positive is paramount to recovery. Petrie tells others, “Keep in touch with the world. Don’t hide.”

Franks, who is currently between treatments while she awaits further test results, says she feels blessed to have found Circle of Hope, a “heaven sent blessing for me and my family. Without their help I don’t know where we would be.” Petrie and Bailey agree.

Walk for Hope

Bailey, Petrie and Franks will be walking on April 21 at the eighth annual Walk for Hope to benefit Circle of Hope.

The trio hopes to raise public awareness and support for Circle of Hope which has assisted uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients and their families within the SCV with financial, emotional and educational support services since 2004.

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised are donated to the SCV community to provide support services to breast cancer patients and their families.

The event will also host a car show with a People’s Choice award.

Dogs are welcome at the walk which will begin at 9:30 a.m. and follow a 5K course in the Lower Lagoon area of Castaic Lake.

All owners must obey the Los Angeles County lease law and have their pets on a leash.

The Healthy Foods Pavilion will be presented by the Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary.

Colleen Shaffer

Circle of Hope was founded by Colleen Shaffer, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in April 1999.

Following the completion of treatments and a double mastectomy, Shaffer began to counsel individuals with breast cancer at every stage of the journey. 

She discovered in 2002 that the cancer had spread to other parts of her body. 

Despite her metastatic cancer, Shaffer was determined to show others with cancer that it is not a death sentence; rather, it should be viewed as a chronic disease.

For information about Circle of Hope and its many services, visit

The eighth annual Circle of Hope 5K Walk for Hope, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21, Castaic Lake Lower Lagoon, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic, 91384. Adult registration $30 Youth registration (13 & under) $15, dogs $5. Early registration ends April 15. Register online at For information call 661-254-5218 or email



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