At City of Hope our patients are parents, children, spouses and friends who need hands to hold and hope to believe in – now.
They are people like Concetta Nocera, a mother who was determined to beat leukemia so she could see her young children grow up. “City of Hope is the perfect name,” she says. “It was the spirit of that place that really kept me alive.”
And Valerie Stevenson, a research scientist who diagnosed her own cancer and later volunteered to take part in an innovative clinical trial. “I asked Dr. Jeffrey Wong, City of Hope’s head of radiation oncology, whose idea it was to test Helical TomoTherapy on multiple myeloma. He convinced the manufacturer the test should be done, and he did the work to make it happen at City of Hope. When he told me that, I teared up. Dr. Wong is my hero.”
And Stephen Morse, who was diagnosed with high-risk T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 11 and who, during his treatment, would ride his wheeled IV stand through the halls of City of Hope like a skateboard. How many teens do you know who call a hospital “an awesome place?” Stephen does. “I’m very lucky to have been treated at City of Hope,” he says. “It’s like my second home.”
Because of the ongoing support of individuals like you, City of Hope is helping more people tell stories like these every day.