City of Hope family sparks holiday season at Disneyland
November 18, 2014 | by tsilvi
Invited by Siemens, the corporate sponsor of Disneyland's famous "It's a Small World" attraction, City of Hope was featured in the annual holiday lighting ceremony on Nov. 13. The event featured City of Hope patient Maya Gallardo, who was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) at another institution before her second birthday. Maya's care was transferred to City of Hope, where it was determined that a stem cell transplant was the necessary treatment. Her older brother, Aaron, had been found as the perfect match and the Gallardos knew that both their children would receive the best possible care.
Accompanied onstage with Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Pluto, a healthy, 13-year-old Maya and her entire family were honored and invited to light up the world-renowned attraction, officially launching the Magic Kingdom's holiday season.