May 11, 2018
City of Hope
Pioneer Park West
Duarte, CA

Bone marrow transplants offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. City of Hope performed its first bone marrow transplant in 1976. Since then, thousands of patients from virtually every state and dozens of countries have undergone bone marrow, cord blood or stem cell transplants at City of Hope.

Each year, City of Hope invites bone marrow transplant recipients and their families to attend the annual “Celebration of Life" event on the Duarte, California, campus. The reunion has grown to more than 6,500 attendees from all over the United States and overseas.

It is a joyous day for everyone in attendance — physicians, nurses and former patients — as they celebrate the victories they have attained in fighting cancer. The day also features performances by former patients who entertain their fellow survivors and their families.

Patient-Donor Meeting

When a person donates bone marrow, they rarely get to meet the recipient. They may never know who received their bone marrow, how the procedure went or if their act of selflessness helped save a life.
On Friday May 11, 2018, two City of Hope bone marrow transplant recipients will meet their donors for the first time at the 42nd annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion.
A highlight of the year, this event is truly a celebration of life and survival for everyone in attendance.
Video: 2017 BMT Reunion


  • 9 a.m.
    Registration begins
  • 10 a.m.
    Donor/Recipient press conference
  • 10:30 a.m.
    Food court opens
  • 11:30 a.m.
    JPGR, a Beatles tribute band
  • 12:30 p.m.
    Program begins with remarks by Stephen J. Forman, M.D., and
    entertainment by former BMT patients, City of Hope staff and Marrowettes
  • 2 p.m.
    Group photo (Please gather promptly)