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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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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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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Stem cell donation
Easier than you think: 9 facts about making a stem cell or bone marrow donation

May 6, 2016 | City of Hope

This year, 70 percent of the estimated 20,000 patients fighting blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies who need a bone marrow or stem cell transplant will not find a match within their family. This means that their best chance of survival will depend on finding a match with an unrelated donor. Learn more about how you can donate stem cell and bone marrow.

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What I Learned: 4 lessons from leukemia survivor Alex Tung

March 14, 2016 | City of Hope

When Alex Tung, the only child of a Chinese immigrant single parent, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at age 37, the hardest thing for him to do was tell his mom. A healthy, happy and active native of Southern California, Alex was determined to beat cancer, not just for himself but also for her.

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Mother gets stem cells from brother; her son donates to stranger. Karma?

December 11, 2014 | Nicole White

Two years ago, Joselyn Miller and her family sat together as stem cells from her brother’s bone marrow were infused into her – a precious gift of life that the family is excited to have the chance to pass to another patient in need.

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Photo of marrow donor Catherine Benson holding patient Gavin Wolfrank
A decision to help a boy in 1970s saves the life of another, decades later

June 5, 2012 | City of Hope Staff

Sometimes it takes one person’s tragedy to save the life of another. That’s what happened with the 1979 death of Anthony Nolan in England of a rare blood disease. Only 7 years old, he died before a matching bone marrow donor could be found for a transplant .

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