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.

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Don Nelson: Biking for Hope

December 27, 2017 | Maxine Nunes

Don Nelson, a 68-year-old metastatic kidney cancer patient, bicycles 200 miles a month and says life is even better now than before the disease struck.

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Rose Parade 2018: Former Dodgers GM Knows What It Takes to Win

November 17, 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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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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L.A. County Sheriffs Embrace Pink Patch Project

October 26, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

The Pink Patch Project’s goal is to increase awareness about the lifesaving benefits of early detection and intervention in the fight against breast cancer.

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Thousands Will Gather to Fight Women's Cancers, Honor Loved Ones at City of Hope’s Annual Walk for Hope

October 23, 2017 | Denise Heady

On Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, breast cancer patient Kaye McDonald will walk beside 10,000 supporters — fellow cancer patients, survivors, physicians, nurses, family and friends — to help raise funds and awareness for women’s cancers at City of Hope’s annual Walk for Hope. The event helps City of Hope researchers and scientists create new cancer treatments that benefit women everywhere.

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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. But that's also when the Pink Patch Project suddenly transcended its original dual roles of education and fundraising to become a critical source of support for the Hughes family.

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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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