Pacific Northwest Chapters celebrate impact on cancer research

April 17, 2013
Through partnership with City of Hope, members have improved lives of people nationwide
DUARTE, Calif. — As a partner with City of Hope, local fundraising support groups – known as chapters – have made possible the leading-edge research and breakthrough discoveries that have improved the lives of cancer patients worldwide. Now, as City of Hope celebrates its centennial, the people who make up that circle of support are celebrating their own anniversaries – and their own special contributions – as well.

Members of those chapters will be celebrating their contributions to City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, at a truly unique luncheon on May 5, 2013. The event, held at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, Wash., will call special attention to members of three fundraising chapters who have been united in common purpose for 12 years, 50 years and 62 years, respectively. Those chapters are still going strong and making a difference in the lives of people everywhere.

“In our first hundred years, City of Hope has worked to earn the confidence of supporters across the country who understand the value of our investment in research, treatment and cures,” said City of Hope Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Friedman. “Now, as we celebrate our centennial, we give special recognition and thanks to the legacy of support from three special chapters – the Seattle, Donnnez Nous and Circle of Hope chapters in the Pacific Northwest. Through their work, City of Hope has been able to benefit patients through advanced drug and treatment options and through our standard-setting guidelines of compassionate care. Through their work, we will continue to do so.”

Since its founding as a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1913, City of Hope has become a national leader in leading-edge research aimed at cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It has helped develop medicines that benefit nearly 100 million people each year. It collaborates with more than 400 institutions on more than 500 projects. It has 35 novel therapies in its drug pipeline. And its doctors have performed more than 11,000 bone marrow transplants, representing an additional 30,000 years of life for patients.

The philanthropy of the Pacific Northwest chapters have been crucial in making such accomplishments possible.

The chapters span more than five generations of hope in the Pacific Northwest, having begun in Portland in 1928 with the Rosenfeld family.  Over the past decades, the groups have held an array of fundraising events, including auctions, fashion shows, rummage sales, breast cancer walks, aerobic workouts to benefit HIV/AIDS research, and a thrift store. Together, the chapters have raised millions of dollars for cancer research.

In return, the research they’ve supported at City of Hope has led to four of the leading cancer drugs in use today, as well as the development of synthetic human insulin, now used by millions of diabetics worldwide.

“We so are proud of the work conducted at City of Hope – and by all of the chapters throughout the country,” said Bobbie Stern, a member of City of Hope’s Board of Regents. “Together, City of Hope researchers and our local chapter members are making a better future for cancer patients and their families nationwide.”
H. Chung So
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About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main hospital is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, with clinics in Antelope Valley and South Pasadena. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit or follow City of Hope on  , , , Breakthroughs Blog or  .