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Lymphoma Research Foundation, 2016
A Profile of Hope: Barbara Saltzman, Hodgkin Lymphoma Caregiver

Before my son David Saltzman returned to Yale for his senior year in September 1988, I noticed he had a dry cough. Since David had a history of bronchitis as a child, I didn't think it was too serious, but urged him to see a doctor as soon as he could to have it checked out.

The next month, David called me from his doctor's office at Yale — he had just been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. The unexpected diagnosis took our family completely by surprise. That night, my husband and I flew to meet David at Yale.

We had every confidence in his doctor, who was medical director of Yale Health Services, on the Yale Medical School faculty and an oncologist experienced in lymphoma treatment. The dcotor started David on a chemotherapy immediately. David didn't let chemo and later radiation get him down. He continued with his studies as an art and English major, did cartoons for two student newspapers, acted as a tour guide and worked endlessly on his senior project, an illustrated children's book called The Jester Has Lost His Jingle.
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Easy Reader News, July 2, 2014
Redondo Beach players win mixed doubles title at 2nd annual Jester & Pharley benefit tennis tournament

Daniel Rodriguez and Heidi Grimm, both of Redondo Beach, slammed their way to first place in A Division Mixed Doubles in The Jester & Pharley Phund’s Second Annual Benefit Doubles Tennis Tournament.

The tournament, held June 21 and 22 at Alta Vista Park in Redondo, raised funds to provide copies of David Saltzman’s award-winning children’s book “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle” and Jester & Pharley Dolls to young cancer patients at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance.

The win was a repeat for Rodriguez who took first in the Mixed Doubles competition last year. This year, Rodriguez also took second in A Division Men’s Doubles with Dean Seislove of Redondo Beach.

First place in A Division Men’s Doubles went to Robert Cook and Bobby Virasingh, whose wife Katy Virasingh took second place in B Division Women’s Doubles with Lisa Avila.

Top winners in A Division Women’s Doubles were Jenni Hibbard and Vicki Thorrens, with Janice Bittker and Tomiko Yamashita, taking second.
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Compton Unified School District Bulletin, June 4, 2014
Jefferson Students Excel at Jester & Pharley Phund's Reading Challenge


Ultimate Bookworm -- Jefferson Elementary School third-grader Andrea Carreon, who read 4,575 book pages, was named her school's top Jester & Pharley Read-a-Thon reader, Monday, May 19, durng a special assembly celebrating 206,418 pages read by 460 students. Because of the school's combined efforts, patients at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach will receive copies of "The Jester Has Lost His Jingle" and Jester & Pharley Dolls.

Jefferson Elementary School celebrated reading over 205,000 book pages, Monday, May 19, in support of the Annual Jester & Pharley Phund Read-a-Thon, which benefits patients at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach.

Sponsored by the Adams Family Foundation and private donor Donna Snyder, the Read-a-Thon challenged the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) campus to read more than last year's record of 193,530 pages. Complete Article>>

The Beach Reporter, June 6, 2013
Redondo Beach tennis tournament to help children with cancer


In an effort to raise money for children with cancer and improve literacy, a charity tennis tournament will take place this weekend in Redondo Beach.

The Alta Vista Tennis Courts near Redondo Union will be the site of the first annual Jester & Pharley Phund's Doubles Tennis Tournament June 7-9. All proceeds from the $50 per team entry fee in the tournament will go toward providing a copy of the book "The Jester Has Lost His JIngle" and a Jester doll to the nearly 12,500 children diagnosed with cancer each year.

For the Jester & Pharley Phund President Barbara Saltzman, the tennis tournament is the newest way to fulfill a promise she made to her son David Saltzman 23 years ago. David Saltzman died at age 22 of Hodgkin's disease. Saltzman, a Chadwick graduate, wrote and illustrated the Jester book as his senior project at Yale University. The children's book is an uplifting story about finding laughter and hope. Saltzman promised her son, before he died, that she would give the book to every child diagnosed with cancer.

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The Christian Science Monitor, May 30, 2012
A mom thanks Sendak for giving her son's "Jester" his jingle

"Hi, Barbara, This is Maurice."
That brief greeting on a Sunday morning in late 1994 was my perronal introduction to Maurice Sendak, who dies earlier this month and hasbeen inspiring a wild rumpus of memories among our family an friends.

I read Mr. Sendak's works endlessly to my children, Michael and David Saltzman, when I first discovered Sendak the writer and artint. David loved to draw and tell stories from the time he was little. He especially loved Mr. Sendak's whimsical, wicked and imaginative drawings - whether for his own books or those he illustrated for others, such as "What Do You say, Dear?"
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LB School Bulletin, April 12, 2013
Promoting Literacy In Two Languages

Students at every school in the Long Beach Unified School District can now enjoy David Saltzman's popular children's book, "The Jester Has Lost His Jingle" in Spanish and English in all school libraries.

Copies of the recently released bilingaul edition were donated to Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser for distribution to every school by the Spirit of Sue Fund and the Long Beach Education Foundation.

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Daily Breeze, April 4, 2013
'Jester' book donation brings smiles to Harbor-UCLA patients

Generous Jefferson Middle School eighth graders Emily Lopez, back row, far left, and Emily Dueñas, back row, far right, give copies of the bilingual English and Spanish edition of David Saltzman’s “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle/El Bufón ha perdido su gracia” to patients at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. The late author’s mother, Barbara Saltzman, center, who heads the nonprofit Jester & Pharley Phund, read the story in English and Spanish.
OC Register, February 22, 2013
George White students 'read to give'

George White Elementary students will be supporting children at the Children's Hospital of Orange County with book donations and Jester dolls. Barbara Saltzman kicked off the initiative on Feb. 28, reading "The Jester Lost His Jingle" to students.
The story extols the importance of finding happiness within oneself. The event began the school's reading program, where they can get sponsors for their nightly reading. Saltzman's son, David Saltzman, wrote the book before passing away from Hodgkin's disease.
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Long Beach Post, September 24, 2012
Jester Finds His Jingle at Miller Children’s Hospital

Pediatric patients from Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and their families gathered to enjoy a reading of  The Jester Has Lost His Jingle - a story about a court jester who loses his ability to laugh only to rediscover it through a hospitalized child. The book has been a favorite of Miller Children’s pediatric patients since its debut in 1995. Thursday’s reading marked the first public introduction of the book in Spanish,  El Bufón ha perdido su gracia.

The book was read by Barbara Saltzman, author David Saltzman’s mother and executive director of The Jester & Pharley Phund, with Natalia Aurrecoechea’s Spanish translation read by Araceli Anguli, Child Life Specialist at Miller Children’s. Using an animated voice and props, Barbara brightened the day of the patients in attendance by providing them with a distraction.
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The Jester's Bilingual Debut in La Opinion, September 15, 2012
Bilingual book inspires smiles in young patients


Tomó más de 17 años para que el libro The Jester has Lost his Jingle se convirtiera al mismo tiempo, en el libro infantil El Bufón ha perdido su gracia. Ahora este especial libro bilingüe también podrá motivar las risas de niños con enfermedades crónicas como el cáncer, con su bello mensaje en español.

Barbara Saltzman (i), madre de  David,  lee el cuento a los pequeños  pacientes de cáncer y sus familias. Tal y como sucedió ayer en el Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach donde se presentó por primera vez el aclamado libro en español, a través de una lectura bilingüe a más de una docena de pacientes infantiles, que logró poner muchas sonrisas en los rostros cansados de los pequeños.
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It’s taken more than 17 years for “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle” to be transformed into the bilingual children’s book “ El Bufón ha perdido su gracia.” Now this special bilingual book will be able to inspire laughter in children with chronic illlnesses, such as cancer, with its beautiful message in Spanish. Candice Ivarra (d) tiene solo  16 meses y sufre de cáncer al estómago. Pero la pequeña  disfrutó  de la lectura de 'The Jester Has Lost His Jingle/ El Bufón ha perdido su gracia'.


That’s exactly what happened Thursday at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, where the acclaimed book was presented for the first time in Spanish, with a bilingual reading to more than a dozen young patients. The book reading put many smiles on the tired faces of these young children.
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Long Beach Press Telegram
September 14, 2012

Barbara Saltzman's son wrote "The Jester Has
Lost His Jingle," a book aimed at brightening the lives of children with cancer that made its debut at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach 17 years ago. The book is available in a Spanish-English bilingual edition. Each patient at the reading and many more in the hospital were given copies of the book from LifeCare Solutions of Carson.
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The Jester's Mom Featured in Entro Magazine, Winter 2010/2011
Young Author's Book a Powerful Legacy of Love and Laughter


"Please publish my book and see that it gets to children with cancer." That was the plea 22-year-old David Saltzman made to his family two decades ago as he lay dying of Hodgkin's disease. The book, The Jester Has Lost His Jingle, was David's senior project at Yale. It's about a court jester who wants to discover why the world has lost its sense of humor. Setting off with Pharley, his talking scepter, The Jester finds an unhappy little girl in a hospital room, and helps her realize that her sadness can be overcome by laughter--and then takes that realization back to his king

David's parents, Barbara and Joe, agreed to their son's request. Finding a publisher proved difficult; publishers either said 64 pages was too long for a children's book or that rhyming was no longer popular.
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The Orange County Register
April 2012
Students Read to Earn Books for Others

As each of Dr. Jonas Salk Elementary's top-reading students turned over a poster, the cheers grew louder and louder.

Magnolia School District Assistant Superintendent Hanan Thornton, Principal Steve Pescetti and Vice Principal Katie Brown cheered the loudest as the 820 students – poster by poster – saw their outstanding achievement revealed.



Top grade-level readers at Dr. Jonas Salk Elementary hold up the astounding numbers of pages read by the student body - 571,932 pages. From left, Ivie Kean (6th); Tommy Nguyen (5th); Geddony Espinoza (4th); Johnny Nguyen (3rd); Jessica Mateo (2nd); Tristhan Lim (1st); Ricardo Tafoya (K).
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Peninsula People
June 2011
Palos Verdes Estates Resident Wins National Honor -
Joe Saltzman Named Teacher of the Year

Joe Saltzman, a Palos Verdes Estates resident for 35 years, has been named the National Journalism & Mass Communication Teacher of the Year by the Scripps Howard Foundation.

A professor of journalism at the Annenberg School for Journalism & Communication at the Universtiy of Southern California, Saltzman will be awarded the Charles E. Scripps Award at the keynote session during the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention in St. Louis in on Aug. 10. He will also be recognized at the Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Awards dinner May 3 in
Cincinnati.
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Daily Breeze
November 4, 2010
Finalist. Woman of the Year.
Barbara Saltzman

Barbara Saltzman made her 22-year-old son David a promise.

She promised him she would publish the book he wrote and illustrated exactly as he envisioned, and that she would help get that book into the hands of every child who is diagnosed with cancer.

"The Jester Has Lost His Jingle" was published in 1995, five years after David died of Hodgkin's disease.
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