|Michael A. Friedman, M.D.|
As City of Hope’s former executive director, Samuel Golter, once said, “Big things could be done in this world with the few dollars of the many.” That theory has been proven at City of Hope throughout our 100-year history, thanks to our many generous donors.
]When each of us gives what we can, the impact we can make together is extraordinary: patients get their lives back; loved ones return to their families; and the wisdom gained from each treatment leads to a healthier future for people around the globe. Typically, the impact we can make for our patients fighting cancer and other serious diseases is the focus of HopeCONNECTION — but this issue is different. In honor of our centennial, this issue looks at where — City of Hope came from: donors like you.
In fact, it was donors, not doctors, who first ignited this flame of hope back in 1913. As you will read in “100 Years of Generosity, 100 Years of Hope,” City of Hope was created and sustained by donors like you.
From the construction of our facilities to our innovative research to the therapies we provide, donors are responsible for the century-long legacy of compassionate care that continues today.
In one recent example, David Freed, whom you will read about in this issue, raised money for City of Hope by running 50 miles for his 50th birthday.
We are grateful for David’s kindness and for the tremendous generosity of every single person who has supported City of Hope over the past 100 years. Because what Samuel Golter believed decades ago, we know to be true today: when many people unite around this work and each brings what he or she can, there are no limits to what we can accomplish — together.
Thank you for all you have contributed and for being part of this work that saves lives every day.
Michael A. Friedman, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer