City of Hope Orange County Receives Welcome Messages From Orange County Mayors and Board of Supervisors


Lisa O’Neill Hill  
City of Hope Orange County 
(951) 317-0176 
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IRVINE, Calif. — The mayors of Orange County cities and members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors are congratulating City of Hope, one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States, for opening City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center this summer.

In individual welcome video messages, nearly three dozen civic leaders praised the transformational impact the comprehensive cancer center in Irvine will have on the Orange County community. A compilation video of the welcome messages is available here: Orange County Welcomes City of Hope (

“We feel so blessed and thrilled that Orange County has welcomed City of Hope with open arms,” said Annette Walker, president of City of Hope Orange County. “We’re here as a good neighbor. We thank the mayors and other elected officials of Orange County for their unwavering support as we begin the next chapter in expanding access to our lifesaving care and pioneering research.”

City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center will also offer precision prevention and early detection, nationally recognized supportive care services and capabilities previously unavailable within the region, including a pioneering integrative medicine program that brings together Western medicine and evidence-based complementary therapies, such as mind-body techniques and acupuncture.

 “I am so excited to have City of Hope here in our city, providing the best in innovative treatments and research,” said Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan. “Welcome home, City of Hope!”

Some civic leaders spoke from personal experience with the disease that affects 1 in 3 Americans in their lifetime.

“Some years ago, I was a patient myself at City of Hope in Duarte and I can’t speak highly enough about the cutting-edge care I received from an engaged and caring medical staff,” Seal Beach Mayor Joe Kalmick said. “It’s heartening to know City of Hope Orange County will be in our own backyard.”

Paulo Morales, mayor of the City of Cypress, also recognizes the importance of having this advanced cancer care close to home.

“City of Hope is known for its innovations when it comes to the future of cancer care, and Cypress residents will benefit from having local access to high-quality, lifesaving cancer treatment,” he said. “We look forward to having City of Hope’s nationally recognized supportive care programs and 21st-century treatment options; their reputation for compassionate caregiving to patients and families will benefit all of Orange County.”

Patients can currently access City of Hope’s care at four Orange County regional sites — in Huntington Beach, Irvine Sand Canyon, Newport Beach Fashion Island and Newport Beach Lido — that form a network of advanced cancer research and treatment.

A grand opening celebration for the cancer center is planned for this summer, along with a groundbreaking ceremony for Orange County’s only specialty hospital exclusively focused on treating and curing cancer. The hospital, which will be seamlessly connected to City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center, will open in 2025.

Participating civic leaders include:

  • Mayor Farrah N. Khan, City of Irvine
  • Mayor Barbara Delgleize, City of Huntington Beach 
  • Councilmember Natalie Moser, City of Huntington Beach 
  • Mayor Kevin Muldoon, City of Newport Beach 
  • Mayor Joe Muller, City of Dana Point 
  • Mayor Patrick Harper, City of Fountain Valley
  • Mayor Mark Murphy, City of Orange 
  • Mayor Anne Figueroa, City of Rancho Santa Margarita 
  • Mayor Pro Tem Howard Hart, City of San Juan Capistrano 
  • Mayor Vicente Sarmiento, City of Santa Ana 
  • Mayor Robert Pequeño, City of Lake Forest 
  • Mayor Sue Kempf, City of Laguna Beach
  • Mayor Tri Ta, City of Westminster 
  • Mayor Rhona Shader, City of Placentia
  • Mayor Elaine Gennawey, City of Laguna Niguel 
  • Mayor Carol Moore, City of Laguna Woods
  • Mayor David Shawver, City of Stanton
  • Mayor Gene James, City of San Clemente
  • Mayor Joe Kalmick, City of Seal Beach 
  • Mayor Carlos Rodriguez, City of Yorba Linda
  • Mayor Austin Lumbard, City of Tustin
  • Mayor Michele Steggell, City of La Palma
  • Mayor Ross Chun, City of Aliso Viejo 
  • Fifth District Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett
  • Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors & 4th District Supervisor Doug Chaffee 
  • Mayor Fred Jung, City of Fullerton 
  • Mayor Cecilia Hupp, City of Brea 
  • Mayor John Stephens, City of Costa Mesa
  • Councilmember Stephanie Klopfenstein, City of Garden Grove 
  • Councilmember George Brietigam, City of Garden Grove
  • Mayor Paulo Morales, City of Cypress
  • Mayor Sunny Park, City of Buena Park
  • Mayor Jose Medrano, City of La Habra 
  • Third District Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner

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About City of Hope
City of Hope's mission is to deliver the cures of tomorrow to the people who need them today. Founded in 1913, City of Hope has grown into one the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the U.S. and one of the leading research centers for diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses. As an independent, National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, City of Hope brings a uniquely integrated model to patients spanning cancer care, research and development, academics and training, and innovation initiatives. Research and technology developed at City of Hope has been the basis for numerous breakthrough cancer medicines, as well as human synthetic insulin and monoclonal antibodies. A leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy, such as CAR T cell therapy, City of Hope’s personalized treatment protocols help advance cancer care throughout the world.

With a goal of expanding access to the latest discoveries and leading-edge care to more patients, families and communities, City of Hope’s growing national system includes its main Los Angeles campus, a network of clinical care locations across Southern California, a new cancer center in Orange County, California, scheduled to open in 2022, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. City of Hope’s affiliated family of organizations includes Translational Genomics Research Institute and AccessHopeTM. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn.