Rose Parade Presidents Award
Nine patients will ride City of Hope’s eponymous float at the 131st Rose Parade® presented by Honda on New Year’s Day. These survivors demonstrate how “The Power of Hope” and leading-edge treatment at a biomedical research institution gave them the gift of time.
Some of the patients were told by other medical institutions that they had only months to live. They all share stories of hope and rebirth. Take Stacy Kimmel, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer six times and has beaten it every time. Despite having metastatic breast cancer, the 51-year-old Pasadena, California, resident is unwilling to give up hope that she will survive, thrive and continue making memories with her family and friends.
This year will be the 48th time City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, has had a float in the Rose Parade.
The leading-edge treatments and compassionate care provided by City of Hope give people hope and a future – more time with their loved ones. That’s why Father Time is the focal point of the float. The white doves in flight are a celebration of new beginnings and the freedom that comes with a new start. A DNA strand and butterflies symbolize the scientific discoveries made at City of Hope that have led to the development of breakthrough cancer drugs and synthetic human insulin – innovative treatments that have transformed medical care and saved countless lives.