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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.

Annie Tighe

Termite pesticide underneath Pasadena house caused young girl to get an autoimmune disease

December 19, 2019 | Zen Vuong

Annie Tighe, cured of aplastic anemia, reflects on her disease journey as she mentally prepares to start the new year on a rosy note aboard City of Hope’s Rose Parade float.

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Cierra, Sickle Cell Patient | City of Hope

Sickle cell patient finds new life after groundbreaking transplant

December 18, 2019 | Zen Vuong

City of Hope Rose Parade rider Cierra Danielle Jackson was born with sickle cell disease, a genetic disorder that afflicts some 100,000 Americans, 80% of whom are African American. Jackson reflects on her disease journey as she mentally prepares to start the new year on a rosy note aboard City of Hope’s Rose Parade float.

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5-Time Cancer Survivor Stacy Kimmel

Six-time breast cancer survivor enjoys quality time with friends and family

December 4, 2019 | Zen Vuong

City of Hope Rose Parade float rider Stacy Kimmel was 38 years old when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite cancer, her singular focus is living a life filled with memorable moments.

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Ivan Garcia-Burgos

Young patient survives cancer and starts a nonprofit to help others like him

December 4, 2019 | Zen Vuong

City of Hope Rose Parade float rider president Ivan Garcia-Burgos was 21 years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer that hinders the body’s ability to fight infection.

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Jeff Carpenter_Rose Parade | City of Hope

Successful brain surgery and cancer treatment allows this dreamer to continue aspiring for more

December 4, 2019 | Zen Vuong

Jeff Carpenter was 56 years old when he was given a grim diagnosis: lung cancer that had spread to his brain. Now 59 with no evidence of disease, Carpenter reflects on his cancer journey as he prepares to start the new year on a rosy note aboard City of Hope’s Rose Parade® float.

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Kaysens Magnetic Prosthesis | City of Hope

Young boy now in remission has leading-edge steel prothesis that can grow with help of a magnet

December 4, 2019 | Zen Vuong

City of Hope Rose Parade rider Kaysen Camat-Toki was 11 years old when he was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer. Now a magnet that grows with him helps him live a normal life.

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Donna McNutt

Mom of three given another chance thanks to lifesaving transplant

December 4, 2019 | Zen Vuong

City of Hope Rose Parade Donna McNutt was 54 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 multiple myeloma. McNutt decided to come to City of Hope because of a renowned blood cancer specialist, Amrita Krishnan, M.D.

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