Rose Parade Float

City of Hope harmonizes research, medical care to create melody that breathes new life into cancer, diabetes patients

The scientific and medical miracles that occur every day at City of Hope are a result of the world-leading comprehensive cancer center’s ability to weave seemingly disparate teams into a healing “melody” that accompanies patients on their journey toward recovery. Seven of the institution’s patients celebrated their second chance at life by riding City of Hope’s 2019 float during the 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda on New Year’s Day. City of Hope physicians and nurses rode on the float next to their patients. The seven patients are a small sampling of the more than 68,400 international individuals City of Hope treated in 2018.
Befitting the 2019 Rose Parade theme, “The Melody of Life,” City of Hope has named its 47th float “Harmony of Hope.” City of Hope fosters harmonious collaboration between different departments, academic disciplines, research efforts and physicians to speed scientific advances from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside. Its credo is to heal the body and bolster the soul so that patients can live successful, rewarding lives after cancer or other life-threatening diseases.
Music plays an instrumental role in patients’ lives and recovery – helps them heal, brings them comfort or gives them temporary reprieve from a treatment’s side effects. All of the patients say their medical team at City of Hope delivered kind, harmonious treatment that pumped life back into their souls.