Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

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‘If I Don’t Do It, Who Else Will?’: Meet Platelet Donor Wing Kau Fung

November 7, 2017 | Maxine Nunes

In 1995, Wing Kau Fung learned that the 9-year-old daughter of his colleague had been diagnosed with leukemia. He wanted to help.

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Platelets and Chinese Food: Meet Blood Donor Scott Zechiel

November 2, 2017 | Maxine Nunes

Helping to save lives is something Scott Zechiel is passionate about. In fact, the 54-year-old software engineer has donated platelets at City of Hope nearly 300 times.

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Free app lets blood donors schedule appointments and see impact

May 26, 2015 | Nicole Levine

Traditionally, blood donation comes with perks – tokens such as a gift certificate, swag emblazoned with the donor center's logo or the occasional movie ticket. Carlos Morgan, a regular blood donor at City of Hope, checks the new COH Donate app on his smartphone.

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Now is a good time to donate blood – and give the gift of life

January 21, 2015 | Nicole White

Patients at City of Hope – most of whom are fighting cancer – rely on more than 37,000 units of blood and platelets each year for their treatment and survival. January is National Blood Donor Month. Donate blood to a cancer patient in need.

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From donor to recipient: Follow the blood (w/VIDEO)

May 6, 2014 | Hiu Chung So

Every day in the United States, an estimated 40,000 units of blood products are used to treat the injured and the ill. This includes City of Hope patients, who count on donated blood during surgery or while undergoing radiation, chemotherapy or bone marrow transplantation — all of which can diminish a patient's ability to produce their own blood or specific components of it.

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For maximum impact, donate blood platelets – and save three lives

March 20, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Drives for blood donations are a common occurrence, but platelet apheresis — in which the platelets are filtered out of the bloodstream for donation — is considerably less well-known. City of Hope hopes to change that.

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