The City of Hope difference? Take patients' word for it, not ours

December 21, 2014 | by Dominique Grignetti

The Wolfrank family stands atop City of Hope’s Rose Parade float during its preparation for the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The Wolfrank family stands atop City of Hope’s Rose Parade float during its preparation for the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

"World-class expertise," "leading-edge research" and "compassionate patient care" are not just words at City of Hope; they're a way of life.

No one knows this more than City of Hope's patients. On New Year's Day, six of those patients and their loved ones – plus a nurse who is both a City of Hope caregiver and a patient – will ride City of Hope's Rose Parade float, celebrating the tomorrows that the institution's researchers, doctors and staff have made possible. Here's what those patients have to say about City of Hope.

Gavin Wolfrank's family:

"It's been four years since Gavin's transplant and, thanks to all the efforts of everyone at City of Hope, our life today is filled with laughter, happiness, determination, appreciation and love. We are inspired daily as we watch Gavin be a kid and enjoy all the things children should be able to enjoy. We know that City of Hope is working hard to save lives and we are eternally grateful for what they have done for us and continue to do for many others."

Rose Parade float rider Anne Bourque Clinical nursing director Anne Bourque will ride the City of Hope Rose Parade float, representing both  nursing staff and colon cancer survivors.

Anne Bourque, R.N.:

"I will never, ever forget the kindness bestowed upon me by everyone with whom I worked, the outstanding medical and nursing care that I received and all that City of Hope did to save my life."

Evan Braggs:

"City of Hope has provided me with not just a second chance at life, but much more than that. After receiving a successful bone marrow transplant in June of 2005 from an unrelated donor, I had a different outlook on life. In June of 2015, I will be celebrating my 10-year bone marrow transplant anniversary."

Melina Fregoso:

"I was referred to City of Hope and I believe that was one of the biggest miracles I have experienced in my life. City of Hope treated me like I was a family member. Laura Kruper, M.D., head of breast surgery service, was the first doctor I talked to. She explained everything. She drew a picture of what kind of cancer I had. She assured me I was in the right place, and I knew I was going to be fine." 

Jin Ge and his daughters, Christina, and Cynthia will ride the Rose Parade float together celebrating their dad's victory over leukemia. Jin Ge and his daughters Christina and Cynthia will ride the Rose Parade float together, celebrating their dad's victory over leukemia. (Photo courtesy of the Ge family)

Vicky Graham:

"There are days I have to remind myself I am living with cancer, but by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, He has blessed us with an amazing team of doctors and nurses at City of Hope. They give me hope and encouragement time and time again. City of Hope has made it possible that I’m alive and well. I have been able to attend all four of our children’s weddings over these past seven years."

Jin Ge's daughter:

“My dad and mom went to a hospital in Los Angeles called City of Hope that specializes in leukemia and stem cell transplants. A week after he arrived, on December 7, 2007, Daddy got his transplant. Doctors called this day “Day Zero” – Daddy’s new birthday day. Then on the first day of the New Year 2008, Daddy’s white blood cell began to grow to 0.1 the next day 0.3. It was a miracle. A new life grew with the New Year. We were all really happy knowing my dad made it.”

Kari Penner: 

"It has been an incredible blessing to be a part of the City of Hope family. Dr. Anderson and the pediatric staff are so warm and friendly; we feel at home there."


Learn more about the City of Hope Rose Parade float, and read the float riders' stories.

Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting our website or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). City of Hope staff will explain what's required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.

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