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.

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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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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Rodrigo Nunez
From sun scorched fields, to a career in nursing (W/VIDEO)

September 20, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

City of Hope patient Rodrigo Nunez went from working in sun scorched central California grape fields to a career in nursing. The inspiring turn of events began when he was treated here for aplastic anemia.

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Breakthroughs - Aaron Yniguez
Leukemia survivor Aaron, 8, will soon meet the donor who saved his life

May 26, 2016 | Denise Heady

Aaron Yniguez will be celebrating his ninth birthday, an ordinary celebration turned extraordinary because he is a pediatric leukemia survivor, who underwent a bone marrow transplant. Aaron and his family will now have the chance to meet and thank his bone marrow donor at City of Hope’s 26th Celebrity Softball Game on June 7, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Vanessa and Dominick - BMT Reunion
An emotional reunion between bone marrow donor, recipient

May 11, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

The BMT reunion event, attended yearly by thousands of other donors and recipients is not just a celebration, but a day that marks the way lives become inextricably linked by bone marrow donation. Watch Dominick Folbrecht, a 15-year-old bone marrow transplant recipient, meet the donor who saved his life for the first time.

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Breakthroughs - Ben Teller article
5 lessons learned by lymphoma survivor Ben Teller

November 12, 2015 | Veronique de Turenne

It was during his freshman year of college that Ben Teller received devastating news: he had Hodgkin lymphoma. In addition to taking classes and cramming for exams with the rest of his class, Teller, then 18, also faced the rigors and uncertainty of cancer treatment.

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Bone marrow recipient Joselyn Miller and brother
Bone marrow recipient sees gift of life go full circle. 'Karma,' she says

November 23, 2014 | City of Hope

Joselyn Miller received a lifesaving bone marrow transplant at City of Hope two years ago. Here, she reflects on her gratitude as a bone marrow recipient and on giving back. By Joselyn Miller Bone marrow recipient Joselyn Miller and her brother Leason, who donated bone marrow to her for a lifesaving transplant, at City of Hope's Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion.

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