|Tour of Hope brings
City of Hope’s mission
alive for volunteers
Hundreds of volunteers from Las Vegas to San Diego
descended on City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., in June for
the most expansive event in this year’s Tour of Hope.
The Tour of Hope is a national program held in
seven cities across the country each year, from Seattle
to Florida. These events bring together City of Hope
faculty, administrators, donors, Walk for Hope team
captains and members of local chapters.
Organized with the help of the Ambassador
Leadership Council, the Tour of Hope updates
volunteers about City of Hope’s progress against
disease and recognizes volunteers’ longtime loyalty.
The largest event, held on the City of Hope
campus on June 26, united nearly 700 major gift
donors, chapter members and grateful patients for
a day of learning and inspiration. It featured talks by
physicians and scientists, as well as sessions with
City of Hope leaders.
After Kathleen Kane, executive vice president of
development and external affairs, welcomed guests,
Alexandra Levine, M.D., M.A.C.P., chief medical officer,
addressed the audience.
The visitors then separated into groups for the
five-stop tour of City of Hope. At the Sheri & Les Biller
Patient and Family Resource Center, Matthew Loscalzo,
L.C.S.W., the Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care
Programs and executive director of the Department
of Supportive Care Medicine, described the center’s
Attendees also watched urologic surgeon
David Josephson, M.D., demonstrate a surgical
robot and stopped at the rose garden for a lecture
on complementary medicine by surgical oncologist
Lily Lai, M.D.
James Bolen, facilities and emergency planner for
basic research operations, and Amy Cook, graduate
student at the Irell & Manella Graduate School of
Biological Sciences, shared updates on ongoing
research at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope,
while Richard Thompson, vice president of facilities,
provided insight on City of Hope’s campus plans.
After the tour, attendees mingled with City of Hope
faculty and staff at a reception.
The event ended with a dinner at which Michael
A. Friedman, M.D., the Irell & Manella Cancer Center
Director’s Distinguished Chair, president and chief
executive officer, talked about the importance of the
Power of Hope campaign and thanked volunteers for
their commitment and support.
Each chapter in attendance was recognized at the
dinner. In addition, several groups received awards for
accomplishments: The Board of Governors raised the
most money of all chapters since the last Convention
in 2008; the Sportsmen’s Club raised the most money
— $72 million — since its inception; and the Esperanza
Chapter had the most attendees at the Tour of Hope
“We’d like to thank all the chapter members who
attended the Tour of Hope,” said Alan Levey, senior
vice president of development. “We appreciate their
past and ongoing support as they have been the
foundation from which City of Hope has been built — a
true grassroots movement.”
Outgoing board chair Terry Peets also spoke about
City of Hope’s accomplishments and growth during
his three-year tenure, and Sheri Biller told attendees
she looked forward to becoming City of Hope’s new
board chair and leading the Power of Hope campaign.
Friedman also acknowledged outgoing board member
In addition to the Duarte Tour of Hope, stops
included Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla., and Philadelphia.
Learn more about the Power of Hope campaign,
watch the campaign video, read why friends and
supporters believe in City of Hope or donate online
Robert Marx, chair of the Board of Governors Chapter, which raised
the most money of all chapters since the last Convention in 2008.
Outgoing board member Ernie So, center, receives well-wishes
from Terry Peets, left, and Michael Friedman.
Urologic surgeon David Josephson gives an overview of robotic surgery.
Sheri Biller, new board of directors chair, speaks about the Power of
(Photos by amycantrell.com)