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.