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2014 BMT/Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Reunion - May 9

Bone marrow transplants offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. But many recipients, though overwhelmed with curiosity and the need to express their gratitude, can only dream of meeting the strangers who saved their lives. City of Hope made that dream come true for two patients.

At City of Hope’s annual Bone Marrow Transplantation Reunion on May 9, two grateful patients met the strangers, each hailing from different countries.
 
 
Reunion Stories
Celebrating thousands of lives at Bone Marrow TransplantReunion

Celebrating thousands of lives at Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion

Some celebrated decades of being cancer-free, treating the date of their bone marrow or stem cell  transplant like a second birthday. Others celebrated having made it just a few months past their transplant, which h...

May 13, 2014

 
Patient: Song by Christina Grimmie of ‘The Voice’ pulled methrough

Patient: Song by Christina Grimmie of ‘The Voice’ pulled me through

City of Hope patient Kathleen “Kat” Muller, now 23, has been through two bone marrow transplants to combat aplastic anemia and is now on the road to recovery. She credits the support of her friends and family, the care o...

May 12, 2014

 
Mother’s Day tribute: Kayla’s fight was her mother’sfight

Mother’s Day tribute: Kayla’s fight was her mother’s fight

This weekend, City of Hope salutes mothers – mothers who are our patients, yes, but also the mothers of patients. Their path is difficult, their role is critical. The story of their children’s battle is also the story of...

May 11, 2014

 
To Adi Versano, meeting bone marrow recipient was likemeeting a sister

To Adi Versano, meeting bone marrow recipient was like meeting a sister

“How many brothers and sisters do you have?” a doctor from Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem asked 26-year-old Adi Versano almost two years ago. “Two sisters and one brother,” she said. Then the doctor told her s...

May 9, 2014

 
Bone marrow donor: Just doing the right thing to savelives

Bone marrow donor: Just doing the right thing to save lives

Signing up to be a bone marrow donor, being selected as a match, undergoing blood tests, then driving 180 miles for the procedure, all for someone she never met, does not a hero make – not in Antonia Klyn’s book. “Our modern ...

May 9, 2014

 
This celebration (Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion) includesreflection

This celebration (Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion) includes reflection

At City of Hope’s upcoming Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion on Friday, May 9, hundreds of patients and the doctors and nurses who cared for them through their battles with cancer and other hematologic diseas...

May 7, 2014

 
Families’ lifelong bond started with a bone marrowtransplant

Families’ lifelong bond started with a bone marrow transplant

Some bone marrow transplant recipients rely on the generosity of unrelated donors to provide the lifesaving donations necessary to cure their cancer. In every case, patients are grateful. For some, the donation bonds families...

May 2, 2014

 
Join a bone marrow donor registry; you just might save alife

Join a bone marrow donor registry; you just might save a life

For many patients with hematological cancers, transplantation is their best – and sometimes only – chance at a cure. These lifesaving hematopoietic transplants use bone marrow, stem cells or cord blood cells to replace a pati...

April 28, 2014

 
17-year-old wonders about bone marrow donor; soon, she’ll getanswers (w/VIDEO)

17-year-old wonders about bone marrow donor; soon, she’ll get answers (w/VIDEO)

For most of her life, Southern California teenager Kayla Saikaly described herself as healthy, even very healthy. She played basketball. She never missed school with as much as a fever. Her worst childhood illness was nothing...

April 18, 2014

 
Musician George Winston has new goal: Say ‘thank you’ inGerman (w/VIDEO)

Musician George Winston has new goal: Say ‘thank you’ in German (w/VIDEO)

George Winston, known worldwide for his impressionistic, genre-defying music, considers music to be his first language, and admits he often stumbles over words – especially when he attempts languages other than English. There...

April 11, 2014

 
 
 
 
Reunion Videos
George Winston, recipient
 
 
Kayla Saikaly, recipient
 
Hear musician George Winston talk about his remarkable experience at City of Hope, where he battled and overcame thyroid cancer, basal cell carcinoma, and myelodysplastic syndrome. George will meet his bone marrow donor for the first time at City of Hope's annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion.
 
Kayla Saikaly, 17, and her mother, Samar, fought her aplastic anemia together. They will meet the donor of her lifesaving bone marrow at City of Hope's annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion.
     
 
 
 
 
 

2014 BMT/HCT Reunion

2014 BMT/Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Reunion - May 9

Bone marrow transplants offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. But many recipients, though overwhelmed with curiosity and the need to express their gratitude, can only dream of meeting the strangers who saved their lives. City of Hope made that dream come true for two patients.

At City of Hope’s annual Bone Marrow Transplantation Reunion on May 9, two grateful patients met the strangers, each hailing from different countries.
 
 
Reunion Stories
Celebrating thousands of lives at Bone Marrow TransplantReunion

Celebrating thousands of lives at Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion

Some celebrated decades of being cancer-free, treating the date of their bone marrow or stem cell  transplant like a second birthday. Others celebrated having made it just a few months past their transplant, which h...

May 13, 2014

 
Patient: Song by Christina Grimmie of ‘The Voice’ pulled methrough

Patient: Song by Christina Grimmie of ‘The Voice’ pulled me through

City of Hope patient Kathleen “Kat” Muller, now 23, has been through two bone marrow transplants to combat aplastic anemia and is now on the road to recovery. She credits the support of her friends and family, the care o...

May 12, 2014

 
Mother’s Day tribute: Kayla’s fight was her mother’sfight

Mother’s Day tribute: Kayla’s fight was her mother’s fight

This weekend, City of Hope salutes mothers – mothers who are our patients, yes, but also the mothers of patients. Their path is difficult, their role is critical. The story of their children’s battle is also the story of...

May 11, 2014

 
To Adi Versano, meeting bone marrow recipient was likemeeting a sister

To Adi Versano, meeting bone marrow recipient was like meeting a sister

“How many brothers and sisters do you have?” a doctor from Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem asked 26-year-old Adi Versano almost two years ago. “Two sisters and one brother,” she said. Then the doctor told her s...

May 9, 2014

 
Bone marrow donor: Just doing the right thing to savelives

Bone marrow donor: Just doing the right thing to save lives

Signing up to be a bone marrow donor, being selected as a match, undergoing blood tests, then driving 180 miles for the procedure, all for someone she never met, does not a hero make – not in Antonia Klyn’s book. “Our modern ...

May 9, 2014

 
This celebration (Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion) includesreflection

This celebration (Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion) includes reflection

At City of Hope’s upcoming Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion on Friday, May 9, hundreds of patients and the doctors and nurses who cared for them through their battles with cancer and other hematologic diseas...

May 7, 2014

 
Families’ lifelong bond started with a bone marrowtransplant

Families’ lifelong bond started with a bone marrow transplant

Some bone marrow transplant recipients rely on the generosity of unrelated donors to provide the lifesaving donations necessary to cure their cancer. In every case, patients are grateful. For some, the donation bonds families...

May 2, 2014

 
Join a bone marrow donor registry; you just might save alife

Join a bone marrow donor registry; you just might save a life

For many patients with hematological cancers, transplantation is their best – and sometimes only – chance at a cure. These lifesaving hematopoietic transplants use bone marrow, stem cells or cord blood cells to replace a pati...

April 28, 2014

 
17-year-old wonders about bone marrow donor; soon, she’ll getanswers (w/VIDEO)

17-year-old wonders about bone marrow donor; soon, she’ll get answers (w/VIDEO)

For most of her life, Southern California teenager Kayla Saikaly described herself as healthy, even very healthy. She played basketball. She never missed school with as much as a fever. Her worst childhood illness was nothing...

April 18, 2014

 
Musician George Winston has new goal: Say ‘thank you’ inGerman (w/VIDEO)

Musician George Winston has new goal: Say ‘thank you’ in German (w/VIDEO)

George Winston, known worldwide for his impressionistic, genre-defying music, considers music to be his first language, and admits he often stumbles over words – especially when he attempts languages other than English. There...

April 11, 2014

 
 
 
 
Reunion Videos
George Winston, recipient
 
 
Kayla Saikaly, recipient
 
Hear musician George Winston talk about his remarkable experience at City of Hope, where he battled and overcame thyroid cancer, basal cell carcinoma, and myelodysplastic syndrome. George will meet his bone marrow donor for the first time at City of Hope's annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion.
 
Kayla Saikaly, 17, and her mother, Samar, fought her aplastic anemia together. They will meet the donor of her lifesaving bone marrow at City of Hope's annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion.
     
 
 
 
 
 
Quick Links
About the HCT Program
Stephen J. Forman, M.D., chair of hematology and hematopoietic cell transplantation, shares his views on the essence of care at City of Hope. He highlights the bone marrow transplant program (BMT) and the program's growth over the years.
 
Other videos:
 
Past BMT Reunions
Each year, City of Hope invites bone marrow transplant recipients and their families to attend the "Celebration of Life" event. View highlights from past reunions.
 
City of Hope's partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, includes ThinkCure!, an innovative, community-based non-profit that raises funds to accelerate collaborative research at City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to cure cancers.
 
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