Rose Parade float: A dream come true - even for volunteers

November 29, 2013 | by City of Hope

City of Hope's 2014 Rose Parade Float entry is themed "Turning Hope & Dreams into Reality". Photo credit: Phoenix Decorating City of Hope's 2014 Rose Parade Float entry is themed "Turning Hope & Dreams into Reality." Photo credit: Phoenix Decorating

Even people not treated at City of Hope feel a connection to us and to our float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. This soon-to-be float decorator from Colorado writes:

“My parents went to the Rose Bowl parade years ago before they had children – over 53 years. It made such an impression on them and for years I heard them talk about how wonderful it smelled and how beautiful the floats were. It created in me a desire to go – 'someday.’  So, as I am now 50 and have children of my own, I have for the past 20 years gathered my family together to watch the parade  as one of our must do holiday traditions. Every year they hear me say, ‘Someday, we will go. Ohhh, I want to go!"

Well, in January 2011, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, Stage 3. Thankfully, God allowed the treatment to work and I am nearly two years treatment-free.  In January 2013, some friends offered to have our family stay with them at their beach house, so we have planned our trip around the time to get to attend the Rose Bowl parade and fulfill a dream for me at the same time. So here we come from Colorado!

The theme this year is especially meaningful to us for so many reasons and we knew we wanted to work on your float more than any other.

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to continue making memories through your efforts in cancer research and to work on your float as a family. It is a privilege to get to see Dreams Come True.

Blessings to you,


To make your own float-decorating dreams come true, visit our Rose Parade float site and sign up. It’s that easy.

You can also support the dreams of our float riders – all former cancer patients treated at City of Hope – by making a donation to support the float construction itself. And please, share your own story, dream or City of Hope connection below.



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