Helping Create New Cures
During their 46-year marriage – an attraction begun as kindergarten sweethearts – entrepreneurs Emmet and Toni Stephenson have worked together to build diverse businesses ranging from portfolio management to Internet publishing. When Toni was diagnosed with T cell lymphoma, the couple refocused their energies into restoring her health.
Toni is currently in remission following treatment at City of Hope, and the couple and their only child, Tessa Stephenson Brand, gave City of Hope $10 million to create the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center. That center is the cornerstone of City of Hope's Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute.
Here, the couple shares their life-changing experience – and how it led them to where they are today: trying to change the future for other people with lymphoma.