Category: Los Angeles


The Fourth of July has been celebrated in the United States of America since independence was declared from the British Empire in 1776. The day is commemorated with many traditions, including backyard barbeques, fireworks, parades, and displaying the national flag.

While Real Medicine Foundation’s headquarters are based in the US, we are a global organization with more than 1,500 team members in 19 countries around the world. As our team in the US celebrates the 4th of July, our teams in Perú and Uganda look forward to upcoming celebrations.

Perú’s Military Parade

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Thank you to Dominic Borgia for capturing these photos on last Sunday’s LA Marathon!

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We are proud to report that donations have been tallied and our first Beauty for Real™ event was a success!

On Saturday February 16, Dr. Tanya Kormeili and Great Earth Compounding Pharmacy of West Hollywood hosted Beauty for Real™ a unique fundraiser that aimed to have people show their beauty from the inside out.  Attendees could obtain a number of cosmetic services – at a one-time discount, with proceeds going to Real Medicine – from Dr. Kormeili, a popular LA dermatologist (who has been seen on The Doctors and in media worldwide).

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“DioNicEss X” charity beer pairing dinner @ Beachwood BBQ & Brewing (6/10)

Long Beach, CA | May 15, 2012 — Tickets are selling quickly for the tenth installment of the famed “DioNicEss” food & drink pairing series, which is coming to Long Beach’s celebrated Beachwood BBQ & Brewing on June 10. To immortalize this milestone, the theme of this dinner has been dubbed “DioNicEss X: Coming of Age,” not only as a reflective look at the progression of the previous nine events, but also a play on…

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photo: Children from the Lwala community

RMF Partner in Lwala, Kenya the "Lwala Community Alliance" writes about the wonderful fundraiser/race they held in Kenya simultaneously with our LA Marathon fundraiser this past weekend.

More information about our program in Lwala can be found here

RMF/LCA Health Race in Lwala, Kenya – simultaneous to the LA Marathon on March 18, 2012

By Kelly Baird

Only a few of the feet at the starting line were clothed in worn-out Keds, a pair or two of sandals, and a single pair of sneakers.…

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by Sandra Jersby, Athletes for Real Medicine Project Coordinator

To all our Fantastic Athletes for Real Medicine Runners….Fantastic race this weekend! You did it! After months of hard training and dedication you completed the 2012 LA Honda Marathon and 5K. Your efforts and hard work also contributed to a very successful fundraiser and we are very grateful for your support in helping us reach our fundraising goal.  We are still counting donations but it looks like we might have over $20,000 from Athletes for Real Medicine donors/sponsors!

I’ve had a great time and…

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by Fred Ascher

The weekly training sessions led by Olympic runner Malachi Davis at UCLA’s Drake Track continue for Athletes for Real Medicine Foundation. As these photos (taken by writer/photographer Joe Roos) show, we Athletes for RMF are a motley crew of various ages, shapes and sizes, but this is no matter to Malachi and his talented team! From core training to stretching and building strength leaping tall bleachers in a succession of single bounds, Malachi is getting each participant in the shape he or she needs to be in for a successful race day!


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Real Medicine Foundation and the Florence Western Medical Clinic in South Los Angeles  hosted its 4th Annual Children’s Holiday Party on December 17, 2011. Each year, RMF provides toys, sports equipment, books and grocery cards for holiday dinners to meet the needs of these often-overlooked families.

Over 60 bags of gifts were given away at this Saturday’s Holiday Party for kids in South Los Angeles!-To read more about our programs at the Florence Western Medical Clinic, click here.

Photos from our event below:

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October 21st 2011, I had the privilege of going undercover as a waitress at the highly publicized and anticipated Dionicess IX, a culinary extravaganza which has been appearing on the LA scene for the past 3 years, with all proceeds benefitting charity.

Gev Kazanchyan,a member of the Real Medicine Advisory Board and creator of these events was introduced to Real Medicine 3 years ago through our Armenian Project Director, Nairy Ghazourian.  This introduction would lead to a series of pairings over the next 3 years benefitting our project in Shinuhayr, Armenia. From Dionicess II (which…

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This past weekend, Real Medicine Foundation & the Florence Western Medical Center hosted their first “Back to School” Event, providing more than 60 children and families with brand new backpacks filled with school supplies.

Recognizing the needs of this community has not been the challenge; the challenge has been how to encourage the community to show up for the services available to them. Free health and fitness programs for adults and children are offered at the center by Real Medicine, yet often we find a low attendance due to lack of access to information, transportation…

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In recognition of our organization’s Malnutrition Eradication Project in India, we have been nominated as a "Charity of the Year" for the CLASSY Awards , sponsored by StayClassy  organization.  We need your help to vote for our organization so that we can progress from the list of 25 finalists to the final 10!

To vote for us, please visit this webpage: , click on "Charity of the Year" and scroll down until you see Real Medicine Foundation and click on the "Vote" button.  It also allows you to vote for charities in other…

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On behalf of all of us at Real Medicine Foundation, we would like thank everyone involved for the wonderful fundraising event at the Andrew Weiss Gallery on Sunday!

Your support, generosity and contributions will make a difference in the lives of countless children and their families we serve around the world.

Photos of the event below:

Yolanda Parker and Dr. Martina Fuchs Denise Weiss and Dr. Martina Fuchs Diane Sargisian, Denise Weiss and Nina Sventitsky Jody Weinberg Lily and guest

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RMF Los Angeles Outreach Program Update

June 08, 2011 - United States

by Sarah Stern

Annual Report for RMF Outreach program at the Florence Western Medical Clinic

Real Medicine’s partnership with Whole Foods Market, Venice, California is continuing successfully. In the last 12 months, 1,728 patients were provided with bags of nutritious groceries. Patients sign up at the Florence Western Medical Center’s front desk to be considered to receive food. We are looking into additional partnerships with organizations and grocery stores that would be able to meet the growing dietary needs within this community. Our children’s Health & Fitness program is held the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, from…

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Hello Athletes!

I hope your training is going well. We only have 40 days to go before Race Day!


On this newsletter, I wanted to highlight a few questions that have been asked:

“What do I fundraise through?” There has been some confusion with which site to use for fundraising. The LA Marathon is promoting as the main medium. is the default link sent to you when you first signed up. You can use either but Crowdrise does give you some functionality that Active does not. If you have not yet…
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Athletes for Real Medicine:

LA Marathon Training...Trail running!

February 03, 2011 - United States

by Brandi Howell

If I had to choose one word to describe Sunday’s training run it would be "ouch".  Ouch during the run, ouch after the run, ouch still, three days later.  Nonetheless, we had a great time, we were elated once it was over, and we are now one training run closer to the finish line.

Sunday’s run was a grueling fourteen miles, six of which were uphill…2,000 feet uphill.  We started at the base of Temescal Canyon and followed the trail into the Santa Monica Mountains.  We were immediately surrounded by trees, creeks, paths and the…

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This week’s Sunday run was intimidating because it was our longest training run yet–15 miles!  Nevertheless, my dedicated teammates were enthusiastic and cheerful when I arrived at 8 a.m.  It was another gorgeous So Cal morning, warming up quickly under a bright white sun in a pale blue sky.  Despite our sleepy eyes, we were in high spirits, joking with each other as we discussed the course.  I had planned two loops and a short "out and back" to make up the mileage.  But the guys suggested we run one huge loop, so that by boring mile 12,…

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RMF/Florence Western Medical Center Holiday Party

January 18, 2011 - United States

by Sarah Stern

In the month leading up to our annual holiday party at Florence Western Medical Center, there was a great deal of excitement in the air. Carly Krause, a dedicated RMF volunteer and I began the preparations for our 3rd annual holiday party, with our attendance expected to double to approximately 50-60 children. Florence Western’s Medical Director, Dr. Kevin Thomas, introduced us to Mary Miller, who was excited to join the RMF team for this year’s party. On a limited budget, we sought donations of food, toys and supplies for the children – and exactly one week before the…

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Athletes for Real Medicine: Sunday Training Run

January 17, 2011 - United States

by Brandi Howell

We met at the park in Santa Monica at 8 am.  The air was warm and the sky was blue.  Although it was January, it felt like a summer morning–this being one of the benefits of living in Los Angeles.  While our east coast friends are shoveling snow, we’re dusting sand off our feet after a day at the beach.  But I digress.  This glorious, west coast morning, we gathered in our Real Med t-shirts, chatted for a few minutes, discussed the route, then set out together for our 10 mile run.

We were happy…

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Athletes for Real Medicine Fundraising Newsletter #1

“A New Year, A New Way to Make a Difference”

Happy New Year! I hope that the holidays treated you well and that your marathon training is going great!  It’s an exciting new year and we are kicking off a series of Fundraising newsletters to help you in your campaign.

Since this is the first newsletter, I wanted to familiarize you with the overall strategy of fundraising.

Some tips from’s Fundraising Headquarters

• Set a Goal

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Athletes for Real Medicine:

Sunday Training Run Blog

January 11, 2011 - United States

by Brandi Howell

This week’s Sunday run was an intense 11 miles, with 1200 feet of elevation gain.  We started out at the base of Sullivan Canyon, surrounded by towering oak, eucalyptus and sycamore trees.  It was 8:30 am.  The canyon was cold and misty as it hadn’t seen direct sunlight since the previous afternoon.

We wore layers to stay warm.  Within ten minutes of running, we could feel our breath deepening, our heart beats speeding up.  We were already gaining altitude.  A small stream intersected the trail on multiple occasions, which gave us a chance to catch…

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January Fundraising Contest for LA Marathon

January 07, 2011 - United States

Athletes for Real Medicine, thank you for your participation and enthusiasm in fundraising and training thus far.

As a team, our goal is to raise $30,000 by March 20th.  In order to encourage and give thanks to our participants, we have created a monthly contest from now until Race Day!

We are kicking off with our January Contest: Everyone who raises at least $500 by January 31st will win a prize of dining certificates and merchandise valued at over $50.  (Prize specifics to be announced)

Grand Prize: The person who raises the most money by March 20th…

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Last 3 days to give!

December 29, 2010

If you were considering donating to a worthy cause in 2010 and taking advantage of the tax benefits of charitable donations, now is your last chance to contribute!

As we look towards new efforts and projects in 2011 it is only through your generous funding that we will be able to continue our long term development projects in some of the poorest areas on this planet.

As you know, we have set the goal of raising $100,000 by December 31st, and would greatly appreciate if you consider Real Medicine for your year-end donation.

In the spirit of Real Medicine…

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At 8 am we set out on our 8 mile run under the clouds and drizzle.  We were all bundled up and ready for a damp and chilly journey.  Luckily, the wind was blowing in from the ocean, along which we ran parallel, so we didn’t have the added challenge of running into the resistant wind.  We kept the long run exciting by jumping over puddles and dodging muddy patches.

The ocean was choppy and uninviting, brown with runoff from the overflowing drainage canals.  By the time we got back to our starting point, our…

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By 8am on Sunday, December 12th, the air temperature was already creeping into the high 60s.  The sky was blue, the sun high and bright.  The perfect Indian Summer day was enough to make the rest of our frozen nation jealous.  Our schedule told us to run twelve miles, so we were mentally prepared, pumped up and ready to go.  The sun at our backs, our long shadows leading us, we ran north along the beach until the path ended.  Turning into the bright sun, we headed south, spotting a pod of dolphins playing…

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Team Athletes for Real Medicine completed its second training run of the season last Sunday, and we’ll be doing another one this coming Sunday, so join us!

Read on for more details about our last run…

Post-Run Recap

8 AM: Clad in our Athletes for Real Medicine training shirts, we met at Palisades Park in Santa Monica, CA.  It was stormy the night before, so we were all prepared for a cold and rainy morning run.  However, the skies were big and blue, the air fresh and chilled.  The winds had died down…

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Get to know the Athletes for Real Medicine through the "Passion and Purpose" interview series. Leading up the L.A. Marathon, we will be posting monthly interviews as well as additional Athletes for RMF updates here on the Real Medicine Foundation blog.   So, stay tuned…

Interview with Athletes for Real Medicine team member Lisa Suen by fellow team member Brandi Howell:

Q: How/why did you initially get involved with Real Medicine Foundation?

A:  At the beginning of 2010, I set a resolution to "do with a purpose", meaning that I wanted…

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You only have one day left to enter the Honda LA Marathon in time to win a VIP race weekend experience, Lakers’ tickets and other prizes!

All Honda LA Marathon participants who have registered by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 17th will be entered into a sweepstakes to receive one of the following prizes:

VIP race weekend, including 2 nights at the Fairmont Miramar hotel (steps from the finish line!), Dinner for two at Hillstone, and a limo to the race start. Two field level seats, with parking, to any LA Dodgers regular season home game in…
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Beginning in January 2008, Real Medicine Foundation partnered with Whole Foods Market Venice, CA to provide the less fortunate of South Los Angeles with healthy food alternatives to help battle the alarmingly high incidents of heart disease, diabetes and obesity within the community.  The neighborhood affected has a median household income of $41,175, with an average of 3 members per household. The community has been hit particularly hard by the economic crisis, is well above the national average for risk of crimes being committed, lower than average education levels, and household expenditures are below average.

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RMF-LA Marathon kickoff event at The Vault XXI

November 02, 2010 - United States

Join us at The Vault XXI as we kickoff for the LA marathon team! This will be a beer and wine event, and our discounted happy hour drinks will go toward our cause. By the time Thursday November 4th rolls around, if you haven’t found running/training partners, this will be the place you come to meet them. See you all there!

Note: The Vault XXI is a 4.5 star lounge so dress to impress, no running shoes!

To become an Athlete for the Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), there is a low fundraising minimum…

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Keeping kids fit happy at Florence Western

October 15, 2010 - United States

By Carly Krause                                 

I broke a sweat today at the Florence Western Medical Center as the kids, Roz and I ended our bi-monthly children’s program physical fitness session with crunches and pushups.  Roz, an amazing and energetic personal trainer and instructor, helped us all get our heart rates up with fun games and dance moves.   “We need exercise everyday!  Exercise helps strengthen our hearts so we can live long, healthy lives”, Roz reminded us as we get into our groove learning a salsa routine.  Roz also helped develop the kids’ hand eye coordination with a rubber…

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Athletes for Real Medicine Meet & Greet

L.A. Marathon Official Charity Team

When: Oct. 20th, 2010, 6:30 pm

Where: West 4th & Jane

Calling all Athletes for Real Medicine!

It’s time to party!

Kicking off the season, we’d like to invite you to our first Athletes for Real Medicine Meet and Greet.

As runners (and supporters) for the Athletes for Real…

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On Saturday, September 11th Real Medicine Foundation helped kick off the start of The L.A. Roadrunner’s 2010-2011 training season leading up to the LA Marathon.  Official Charities participating in the 2011 LA Marathon area were invited to provide information and recruit marathon runners for their charity at this year’s event. LA Roadrunners is the official training program for the Honda LA Marathon and the group meets for 26 weeks on Saturday mornings in Venice as well as the Inland Empire. Roadrunners boasts a phenomenal race day finisher’s rate of 99% and last year’s program…

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Los Angeles: New Downey Family Health Care Center project

September 07, 2010 - United States

By Dr. Natalie Nevins and Dr. Martina Fuchs

Downey Family Health Care Center

September 1, 2010

Downey Family Health Center we support is expanding it’s program support in Los Angeles, which provides access to health services to low income populations through a new service delivery site in collaboration with Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles (FHCCGLA)

The new site is located within FHCCGLA’s defined service delivery area will serve the same target population, uninsured and vulnerable community residents. There are large numbers of residents living at or below the poverty level in census…

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Join us for a happy hour benefiting the

Real Medicine Foundation

WHEN: Thursday, August 19th, 6:30-10:00 pm

WHERE: GYENARI (, 9540 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA


This event is FREE to attend and 20% of the funds spent this night will be donated by Gyenari to directly support RMF’s Los Angeles programs.

Are you a novice or veteran runner? Interested in running the LA Marathon next year? Or do you know someone who is? Please join us for a night…

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Los Angeles: Florence Western Weekend Warriors

July 30, 2010 - United States

by Sarah Stern

July 27, 2010

This past weekend our little “warriors” took their workout up a notch with instructor Roz Baker. Every month Roz comes in and gives the kids at the Florence & Western Medical Clinic a full hour of heart pumping exercise while incorporating healthy living tips.  The kids were literally “bouncing off the walls” with the introduction of exercise balls to help develop their large motor skills, hand-eye coordination along with the ability to work with one another.

We cooled down after Roz’s session with an arts & crafts lesson where…

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Los Angeles Outreach: Turning Lemons into Lemonade

July 16, 2010 - United States

by Sarah Stern

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

July 16, 2010

Real Medicine Foundation continues to provide physical and emotional support to children and adults within the greater Los Angeles area. With our children’s programs, this past month we focused on how to approach situations which can cause a great deal of stress within our everyday lives. Most of the children who participate in our programs are being raised by family members other than their parents, and are at high risk for future physical and psychological problems.

Our workshop “Turning lemons into lemonade” gave the children…

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Just a reminder that registration for the 2011 Honda LA Marathon opens today, Thursday, July 15th at 8:00am.  Last year’s event sold out, so be sure to register early and secure your spot on the starting line at Dodger Stadium.

This year’s race will once again feature the Stadium to the Sea route that was a hit with participants.  Check the Marathon website for details about the event and we’ll keep you posted with new developments we’re working on for next year’s race.

Click on the "About Athletes for RMF" link below to find out more about…

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Once a month, Real Medicine Foundation in collaboration with Health Net provides adult workshops educating the community of South Los  Angeles on the benefits of living a “healthy lifestyle”.  Health Net’s Andy Padilla and I engage the participants  in low-impact exercises, many performed while sitting  and utilizing resistance bands to increase their  effectiveness. Discussions include the risks of smoking,  alcohol and drug abuse along with healthy eating habits  to lower cholesterol levels, risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Our most recent workshop brought about a surprise for us. About 10 minutes into the workshop, it…

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Much to the delight of big hearted beer geeks across Los Angeles, June 27th was Dionicess VI. A generous pairing event featuring beers from the Firestone Brewing Company and sausages and fries from Tony’s Darts Away, with all proceeds supporting the Real Medicine Foundation in Armenia.

Led by Gev Kazanchyan, writer, professor, beer and wine philanthropist, and co-hosted by Firestone Walker representative and Certified Cicerone™ Jace Milstead and certified beer judge, food author and chef Randy Clemens, Dionicess VI was the most successful event in the Dionicess series to…

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Saturday Morning with Sole Runners

Athletes for Real Medicine

June 22, 2010 - United States

by Allison Glennon

by Allison Glennon, RMF Project Coordinator, Athletes for Real Medicine


Use This Link to get Directions to Marina Vista Park

6:50 AM – 7:15 AM – Registration 7:00 AM – 7:15 AM – Training Focus for This Week 7:15 AM – 7:20 AM – Body Looseners 7:20 AM – 8:50 AM – 1 hour 40 minute run/jog/walk for Marathoners, 1 hour run/jog/walk for Halfers 8:25 AM – 9:00 AM –…

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Dear West LA friends–and all friends willing to drive to West LA early Saturday mornings,

Summer Group Run

Saturdays, 8:45 AM

Ocean Ave. & San Vicente Blvd in Santa Monica, CA

In an attempt to welcome and understand every niche in the diverse running community, Real Athletes have decided to explore the barefoot movement (among others).

Join us as we take off our shoes (or put on our Five Fingers) and  learn about the art of Chi running and how to run like our ancestors…

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Real Medicine Running Group:

Every Thursday, 6:30 pm Nike Store* 9560 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310) 275-9998 RMF host: Emmanuel Urbano, *note: the group meets in the alley behind the store–but, don’t worry, according to Emmanuel: "it’s an alley in Beverly Hills so it is a really nice alley."

Sign up for the team

One thing that we have learned in our first year building a running team is the importance of community, the importance of sharing your journey from the moment you buy your first pair…

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Dear Friends in LA,

If you have ever wanted a chance to meet the Real Medicine team and learn more about the cause, June 27th provides the perfect opportunity to support our work and find out more about how you can get involved all over a few casual beers, sausages, and dart games.

"On June 27th, Tony’s Darts Away will be the center of LA’s Beer Geekdom when Beer Maven Gev Kazanchyan hosts the sixth iteration of Dionicess, a beer and food night that will feature some superb beers from Firestone Walker…

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Yesterday was the FOXGives Philanthropy Fair, an event designed to introduce the FOX community of employees to a handful of local non-profit organizations in the hope of spurring community outreach on a larger scale. The event is truly one of a kind and incredibly effective mainly due to the incredible drive to give that seems inherent in the FOX employee.

Volunteers met last year at the fair are still helping with our larger ongoing events even now a year later and a few have even stepped up to take the lead on some projects. To…

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Yesterday was the LA Marathon 2010 Wrap Meeting held at the Public Counsel. Ginger Williams, Director of Community Relations and Nick Curl, Race Director, with the help of Marti Baer, dedicated Charity Program supporter and coordinator of the Charity Expo Shared Booth, lead the meeting providing results from 2010 and exciting details for 2011. Here is a recap of some of that information.

2010 Charity Program Success

Sunday March 21st, 2010, a total of 2985 runners ran on behalf of an Official Charity (1308 marathon, 1677 5K) raising a collective total of $1,949,079. Of the over…

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For the second year in a row, Real Medicine has been chosen to participate in the FOX Philanthropy Fair!

The FOX Philanthropy Fair, hosted by FOX Gives, is an event dedicated to linking FOX employees with local non-profit organizations in need of volunteers.  The fair provides a select group of 20 local non-profit organizations the opportunity to share and discuss their work with over 6,000 FOX employees in the hopes of making a match.

This is an incredible event as we are still seeing the impact of participating in 2009. With help from FOX volunteers met last…

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Yesterday was Big Sunday and thanks to volunteers from all over the city we were able to virtually transform our outreach space at the Florence and Western Clinic in South LA.

Volunteers old and new, some core RMF regulars, some from our trusty FOX Gives support system and some who just found us online through the Big Sunday website, came swooping in to paint, move furniture, and sort through bags of donated clothing and toys. The task was daunting but amazingly, with so many willing hands, we were able to get through everything in only…

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Purchase tickets

Dionicess VI Fundraiser at Tony’s Darts Away benefits Real Medicine Foundation

Gev Kazanchyan creator and orchestrator of the epic Dionicess pairing series, is back on June 27 with another "delicious act of charity," pairing five beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Company with sausage and gourmet fries combos from Tony’s Darts Away. The event costs $35 per person, all inclusive, and you must pre-register to attend. Proceeds benefit Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), an organization that provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster, post-war…

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"Real Medicine Foundation is delighted and grateful about PROTRAVEL’s support of our projects in Haiti. Thank you very much to Mickey Weill, Helen Zeilberger and their teams for your generosity!"–Dr. Martina Fuchs

Dr. Martina Fuchs, Founder of Real Medicine Foundation, with Mickey Weill, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ProTravel

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Thanks to our runners, walkers, volunteers, and generous supporters we have been invited back as an Official Charity for the 2011 LA Marathon!

This year our team was able to raise over $3000! Imagine what next year will bring.

We have already signed on a few runners who are interested in running with us. Please be in touch if you would like to join the list.

Thank you again to everyone who stepped in to make this first race a success.

Thank you to

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Dionicess V: A Tale of Five Pairings

October 07, 2009 - United States

by Allison Glennon

CitySip LA

September 27th, 2009

I had written about Dionicess IV’s chocolate and beer last May, and I had heard about the Dionicess events that had come before that as well, so though I had never been, I was sure I knew what to expect from Gev Kazanchyan’s Dionicess V.

This was my first event: beer by four different breweries and pizza by Tomato Pie. Simple enough, right? Well, no. Not really.


Not all Those Who Serve are Barkeeps

Once at CitySip I was put to work immediately…

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September 20, 2009 Health Fair

Boyle Heights, CA.

RMF and Nuestra Clinica co-hosted an open house and health fair. We provided free back-to-school clothes and supplies, BMI and blood pressure screenings by Health Net, pharmacy information, balloons, music, and a fitness demonstration. It was attended by over 60 people from the community around Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, CA.

Here is the full album of photos from the day

The following is a report by Sarah Stern, Director of Administrative Operations, Program Coordinator Los Angeles:

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Gyenari Happy Hour Photos

September 08, 2009 - United States

With help from all the new friends we met at RMF’s Gyenari Happy Hour last Wednesday, September 2nd, we raised $300 from food and drink purchases and another $103.25 from raffle ticket sales.

The money will help expand existing programs at the Florence-Western Medical Clinic in South Los Angeles and The Nuestra Clinica in Boyle Heights.

Thank you to everyone who came to support us.

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On September 27th, at the infamous CitySip in Echo Park, Real Medicine invites you to relive your college glory days in a manner benefiting the mature adult you are today.

Like a journey into another dimension, Dionicess V transforms drinking beer and eating pizza into an accomplishment worthy of proud display on any social networking or dating site. With all proceeds going to Real Medicine not only does this night of charitable cuisine give you holier-than-thou status for at least a week, you can write it off on…

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Dear RMF Volunteer team,

This Saturday both LA based RMF program sites will be hosting a Children’s Arts & Crafts activity day. Please come and show your support by channeling your inner child for just one hour. Read, play, laugh, and come away with some “kids say the darndest things” stories and memories to offer at the office next week.

Where: Florence Western Medical Center (click here Date: August 1 (Saturday) Time: 10-12pm (only 1 hour needed) What: Lead and create Art & Crafts activity following the Reading hour Volunteers needed: 2-3

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Real Medicine and Dionicess IV

On May 17th, a relaxing Sunday was paired with beer and chocolate, and decadence paired with non-profit donation at Louis Haiek’s SideBar in Glendale.

Another success for food writer and professor Gev Kazanchyan, Dionicess IV raised nearly $1,400 in donations for the Real Medicine Foundation. Featuring six beers donated by Stone Brewing Co. and eight gourmet chocolates donated by Mignon Chocolate, the afternoon was a feast of the senses.

Broken into two different sessions, 1-3pm and 4-6pm,…

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Big Sunday

Big Success

May 04, 2009 - United States

by Allison Glennon

This past weekend was Big Sunday and Real Medicine was at the Nuestra Clinica in Boyle Heights.

For the most part, the weekend went without a hitch. Like most events you spend 90% of the time worrying that it is going to fail, that no one is going to show up, that there wont be any food, that we wont be able to get everything finished, so in the end when people do show up, and there is food, and nearly everything gets finished, you are taken aback by how needless your fears were to…

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This upcoming weekend is Big Sunday, and we still need volunteers.

 The event is both on Saturday and Sunday, from 9am-4pm

Nuestra Clinica

3004 Whittier Blvd.

Los Angeles, 90023

Even if you can only work a part of the day, please click on one of the links below and sign up. Every little bit counts! – Saturday – Sunday

Join us in building a place for woman and children to come and feel at home and participate…

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Anyone following Real Medicine in the slightest knows that we operate all over the world so most of the support we ask for goes to people in places that you or I living here in California may never see. BUT, now we have a chance to make a difference here, in our community. FINALLY!

We need…


 (come out!) We need 30 people to paint, sew pillows and generally lend a hand as "go-to guys/gals." 

STUFF! (clean your closets/garages!) We need clothes,…

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Real Medicine Foundation joins Big Sunday to expand the Nuestra Clinica in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles Ca.

In July of 2008, doctors Carol Daugherty and Greg Jahangiri opened the Nuestra Clinica for the vastly underserved people of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles. Now, less than a year later, they have over 600 active patients and provide about 100 people per week with general care such as: physicals, vaccinations, std testing and treatments, gynecological and obstetric care among others.

From its inception, the clinic has been built…

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The Children’s Compassion Ball

April 13, 2009 - United States


Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Reception: 6:30pm; Dinner: 7:30 pm

The Los Angeles Marriott Hotel & Renaissance Hotel

Real Medicine has partnered with Dr. Nevins of the Amrit Davaa World Health Corp and others to help raise funds for The New Free Family Care Clinic in South LA (Downey) and The Manjushree Orphanage and Free Clinic in Tawang, India. All proceeds from the night will go to help develop these clinics.

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RMF Kids connect with the Ironman team Athletes for Real Medicine

Real Medicine asked the children in our Los Angeles based Florence Western Medical Center to think about what it meant to be an Ironman and to draw what came to mind.

Stay tuned for more artwork to come!

Join the team!

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El Floridita: Thank you for Supporting RMF

April 10, 2009 - United States

Last night Real Medicine held its much anticipated fundraiser for Athletes for Real Medicine at El Floridita in Hollywood.

Thank you to those who came to support us,  to those who volunteered your time and energy to help run the event and to those who donated and bid on the auction items.

We would also like to extend a very special thank you to those who surprised us all by getting up, unannounced to auction off their own personal goods and services on their own accord. Your spirit and generosity was heartwarming to say…

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Journey to Armenia Sponsorship Levels are now available here.

Log on and find out about how you can help support our efforts in Armenia.

For more information about our work in Armenia, please visit our Primary Care Clinic Page.

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Thursday, April 9th @7pm

There will be dancing, live salsa music by the band La Bomba Mix, a silent auction, and a special viewing of the trailer for a documentary on our Athletes for Real Medicine Ironman Team.

To purchase tickets visit:

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A Journey to Armenia Friday, June 12, 2009 at the A&I Photography Gallery

Get your tickets early:

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Well into our fifth month of children’s workshops at Florence & Western Medical Center, we have been overjoyed at the increase in attendance, and the warmth of the children. We have offered workshops in yoga (our most popular), art, nutrition and fitness and finger knitting. I can not say enough about the children’s response to our programs. We have several children who attend each and every workshop we hold, and the smiles and hugs they give the volunteers are priceless. These are children that would not have these opportunities if it were not for Real Medicine.…

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Move and groove and stay in shape with Real Medicine. 

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Two sessions

9:30-10:30, Ages 3-7

10:30-11:30, Ages 8-Adult

The Florence Western Medical Center

7301 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles 90047

Phone: 323-778-2131


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Scribble and paint out the things that cannot be said. Real Medicine invites you to bring your little loved ones to a therapeutic workshop promoting healing through artistic expression.

SATURDAY MAY 2nd, 2009


Kids ages 4-10

The Florence Western Medical Center

7301 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, 90047 323-778-2131

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Come have fun and support a good cause with dancing and live music featuring the band La Bomba Mix. There will be light appetizers, drinks, and a silent auction with a large number of items, including a year long gym membership.

There will also be a sneak peek screening of the Athletes for Real Medicine Documentary with footage from the team as they sweat their way toward Ironman 70.3.

All proceeds will be going to support the Real Medicine Foundation, a 501©(3) that provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster, post-war, and poverty stricken areas.…

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The results of our Athletes for Real Medicine Ironman team are in for the 2009 Pasadena Triathlon and 5k held earlier this month:

Anamaria Mendoza placed 48 out of 627 over all, 3rd in her age group and 4th female overall with a time of 59:16.94. 

Dan Nelson placed 112 overall and 17th in his age group with a time of 1:04:32.51.

Juan Sevilla placed 119 overall and 13th in his age group with a time of 1:05:10.90.

Bob Salatich’s official times were not recorded but he placed 4th…

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Join us for drinks, dancing, and dedication to a cause!

What: Athletes for Real Medicine Fundraiser

When: April 9th, 2009, from 7-10pm

Where: El Floridita, Hollywood, CA –

More event details to follow.

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February 17, 2008

Here are the photos from RMF’s recent art workshop at the Florence Western Medical Center

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2008 - United States

Happy Thanksgiving to our friends around the world! We are grateful and happy to be on this journey with you.

The Real Medicine Foundation Team

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Real Medicine’s Inner City Outreach Program

October 12, 2008 - United States

Children at the Florence Western Medical Center, Los Angeles – Real Medicine’s inner city outreach program

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We are pleased to announce a special event to be held on Thursday, October 30th, 8:30PM, at Peet’s Coffee in Studio City, CA. Please join us for a fun evening that will tantalize the taste buds and excite the mind as you are guided through a pairing adventure of five very special coffees with five fabulous chocolates!

Click the link below for additional details and to purchase tickets. Seating is very limited for this event, so buy your tickets early! Dionicess II – Coffee and Chocolate Pairing Event

If you are unable to…

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Hot In Hollywood

August 16, 2008 - United States

America Ferrera and the Real Medicine Foundation team at the Hot in Hollywood event on August 16th, 2008.

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Real Medicine Art Showcase Auction

August 26, 2007 - United States

Art Showcase Auction has more than 50 years of combined experience in fine arts, auctions and television production. Based in Hollywood, CA and broadcasting nationwide, Art Showcase Auction brings the world’s finest art to art lovers, collectors, gallery owners and investors alike. Products are gathered from an eclectic variety of sources from all over the world and sold via a Live Television Auction. This exciting, new, interactive way of shopping from home is not only interesting and educational, but also entertaining.

The show offers a large selection of fine art, everything from the 20th century masters…

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Real Medicine Project Los Angeles

July 18, 2007 - United States

The daily stress of hunger, financial need, and an unsafe social environment puts thousands of children in the Skid Row area at increased risk for life-long physical and emotional illness. Many are physically and sexually abused, and all are exposed to violence, crime, and drug abuse on the streets where they live.

The teachers in their schools are mandated by law to report any cases of abuse or other emotional trauma. This reporting would result in the children receiving care or treatment from outside agencies and professionals, and is often the only hope they have for a safer,…

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Real Medicine Foundation Fundraiser May 10th!

February 19, 2007 - United States

We are planning an art fundraiser on May 10th in downtown Los Angeles The owner of Rabuck Agency ( is generously providing his loft.

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