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.

 
 
When a person donates bone marrow, they rarely get to meet the recipient. They may never know who received their donation, how the procedure went or if their act of selflessness helped save a life. At City of Hope’s 42nd Annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion, 15-year-old acute lymphoblastic leukemia patient Arturo Martinez got the opportunity to thank the donor that gave him a second chance at life.

 
 
When myeloid leukemia patient Gary Stromberg underwent a bone marrow transplant at City of Hope, he received a lifesaving donation from Alex Kikis, who lives half a world away. On Friday, May 11, at City of Hope’s 42nd Annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion, Stromberg met his donor for the first time.

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