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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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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Donate blood in the summer too

July 13, 2016 | Denise Heady

Summer is a notoriously difficult time for blood and platelet collections, but the need for blood and platelets never takes a holiday. Don't forget to donate today.

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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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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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