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.

Platelet Donor Wing Kau Fung | City of Hope
‘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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Jim Alder Bone Marrow Recipient | City of Hope
When a Sister Becomes a Lifesaver

October 9, 2017 | Deborah Stambler

For all the things AML took away, it also gave Jim Alder a voice. His job now, he says, is to educate others on how easy it is to become a donor.

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Krissy Kobata - Mixed Race Bone Marrow Transplants | City of Hope
#TeamKrissy Raises Awareness of Need for Mixed-race Bone Marrow Donors

September 11, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

A mere 4 percent of those on the bone marrow transplant registry are of mixed-race background, making it very difficult for those in this population to find a donor.

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Lester Wakefield, bone marrow transplant recipient, with his donor, Jonathan Bottom
'I wouldn't be here today': Bone marrow recipient reflects on the gift of life

July 3, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Lester Wakefield has told police officer Jonathan Bottom, the young man who donated bone marrow stem cells to the 69-year-old Wakefield, that he is thankful for his lifesaving donation. He's told him many, many times. And still Wakefield feels he hasn’t thanked Bottom enough.

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Blood Brothers: Bone Marrow Donor and Recipient Meet Each Other for the First Time

April 28, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Each year at City of Hope's Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion, a bone marrow recipient and donor have the chance to meet each other for the first time. This is their story.

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BMT - Sergio Family
How to Save a Life: Bone Marrow Donor and Recipient Reflect on Shared Journey

April 28, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Each year at City of Hope's Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion, a bone marrow recipient and donor have the chance to meet each other for the first time. This is their story.

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Breakthroughs - 6 essential facts about bone marrow and stem cell transplants
7 Things You Need to Know About Bone Marrow Transplants

April 21, 2017 | City of Hope

Questions and answers about bone marrow and stem cell transplants.

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Stem cell donation
7 Tips on Becoming a Bone Marrow Donor

April 20, 2017 | City of Hope

They say the best gifts come from the heart, but the most impactful one you can give may just be in your cells. More than 7,500 patients worldwide are in need of a stem cell or bone marrow donor, and you may be that special someone who gives a desperate patient a miraculous second chance at life. Here are 7 tips on how to become a donor.

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Zeng-Defu
Novel Treatment May Stop Graft-Versus-Host Disease

April 18, 2017 | Katie Neith

An international team of researchers led by City of Hope’s Defu Zeng believe they may have found a way to prevent graft-versus host disease following stem cell transplants without sacrificing the transplants’ ability to fight leukemia and lymphoma.

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