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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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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Shawn Ahdoot, bone marrow donor, is profiled.
Five Reasons to Become a Bone Marrow Donor

March 24, 2017 | Dory Benford

When Shawn Ahdoot went to donate blood almost 10 years ago, he had no idea that it would change his life forever. Here are five reasons you, too, should become a bone marrow donor.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sergeant, father of four, seeks bone marrow donor

February 7, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jorge Chavez is in search of a bone marrow donor for a transplant. He is battling acute myeloid leukemia.

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Vanessa Brobbey - bmt donor
A bone marrow transplant can be life-changing for the donor, too

May 6, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Today, Vanessa finally met Dominick, the 15-year-old patient who had a relapse of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and whose life she helped save, at City of Hope’s 40th Annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion. She has given him something he could only dream of when he was sick and in the hospital – another chance at life.

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9-year-old Amanda, a bone marrow transplant patient, meets her superhero

May 2, 2015 | Nicole White

Superheroes are making plenty of headlines as the summer blockbuster season opens. At City of Hope, a 9-year-old girl wept as she hugged her own superhero: someone who had the superpower of healing her cancer.

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Bone marrow donor Phil Ratcliff: Why wouldn't you donate?

April 29, 2015 | Nicole White

Updated: May 1, 2015 More than a decade after joining the bone marrow registry during a blood drive at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Phil Ratcliff received a call that he was a match for a leukemia patient.

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Bone marrow donor Lars Nijland: 'No easier way to save somebody’s life'

April 28, 2015 | Nicole White

Updated: May 1. For Lars Nijland, the reason to become a member of a bone marrow registry was simple. “I always thought there would be no easier way to save somebody’s life,” said the 24-year-old student at Germany's University of Goettingen, who signed up for the registry during a drive on his campus.

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Antonia Klyn and George Winston
Bone marrow donor: Just doing the right thing to save lives

May 9, 2014 | Nicole White

Signing up to be a bone marrow donor, being selected as a match, undergoing blood tests, then driving 180 miles for the procedure, all for someone she never met, does not a hero make – not in Antonia Klyn’s book.

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Sowers and Basslers
Families' lifelong bond started with a bone marrow transplant

May 2, 2014 | Nicole White

Some bone marrow transplant recipients rely on the generosity of unrelated donors to provide the lifesaving donations necessary to cure their cancer. In every case, patients are grateful. For some, the donation bonds families who were once strangers .

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