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.

Chris and Heather Pink Patch Project | City of Hope
Breast Cancer Hits Home for Police Officer

October 12, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Police officer Chris Hughes was administrator for his department's Pink Patch Project. Then his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Fred Claire
Former Dodgers GM Fred Claire Salutes City of Hope with Golf Tourney

June 7, 2017 | Josh Jenisch

As a former general manager and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Fred Claire knows what it takes to win. But his greatest challenge, by far, has been far from the bright lights of the baseball diamond.

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Country Music Stars Align for City of Hope Softball Fundraiser

May 26, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

For the 27th year, City of Hope will be holding its annual Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday, June 10 at First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Country music’s biggest stars take part in this (mostly) friendly competition to support City of Hope’s mission — finding new cures and therapies for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

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From Patient to Patron: Lymphoma Survivor Pays It Forward

February 9, 2017 | Michael Easterling

Deana and Steve Campbell made a generous donation to City of Hope to establish The Deana and Steve Campbell Chief Clinical Officer’s Distinguished Chair in Honor of Alexandra Levine, M.D. The holder of the endowed Chair, yet to be recruited, will demonstrate the same level of commitment to City of Hope’s values, ideals and philosophy as Levine has personified.

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Breakthroughs - Ed Headtke & Pink Patch Project
Police sergeant, lymphoma survivor rallies his troops to raise awareness for breast cancer research

October 10, 2016 | Michael Easterling

As a police sergeant, Ed Headtke had his share of life-threatening moments over the years, but none perhaps hitting home closer than his cancer diagnosis two years ago. Now, with 70 other police agencies, he's helping raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

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Nick Troftgruben and his grandmother, Vonnie
19-year-old honors grandmother by raising money for brain cancer research

September 27, 2016 | Veronique de Turenne

When Nick Troftgruben lost his grandmother to brain cancer three years ago, he promised himself that he would do something significant to honor her memory. By organizing a four-month, 2,659 mile fundraising hike and generous donation to glioblastoma research at City of Hope, he fulfilled that pledge.

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Fifth Grader Isaiah Hyun Shoots Hoops to Fund a Cancer Cure

September 6, 2016 | Michael Easterling

Isaiah Hyun recently started back to school at Arroyo Vista Elementary in South Pasadena, ready to take on the world. Now a fifth grader, he is motivated to “do good,” not only in class, but for others as well. When it came time to select a community service project as part of his classwork, Isaiah knew what he wanted to do: raise money for cancer research at City of Hope.

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Various Tags: Dunk on Cancer

Categories : Supporting Hope

Simple gifts: How a family pulled through, then gave back

August 9, 2016 | City of Hope

When Lauren Baum Nollette was suddenly thrust into a battle with breast cancer at just 28 years old, she found much needed stability in the simple fact that her father, Jim, was present visits and surgeries. Now eight years on, her father has established the new Baum Family Professorship in Women's Cancers to be used to advance breast cancer research.

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Breakthroughs - Walk for Hope
20th Annual Walk for Hope raises funds for cancer treatments to benefit women everywhere

July 19, 2016 | Denise Heady

For 20 years, thousands of cancer survivors, patients, families and friends have participated in City of Hope’s annual Walk for Hope to not only raise money and awareness for women’s cancers, but to support and honor all those who have fought - or even will fight - women's cancers. Register today.

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Sumanta K. Pal, M.D. and Frank di Bella
The mission continues: Survivor seeks a cure for bladder cancer, raises millions

March 2, 2016 | Denise Heady

When Frank di Bella was diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer in 2011, his doctor said that he only had a few months to live. Visits to several more institutions for additional opinions resulted in the same message. But Frank did not let that derail him. Despite his grim prognosis, he continued to look for a more hopeful path — a path that led him to City of Hope.

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