Thousands to take part in City of Hope’s Walk for Hope to fight women's cancers

October 14, 2015

Denise Heady
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19th annual event, presented by Staples, raises funds and awareness for cancer research

DUARTE, Calif. — On Nov. 8, thousands of cancer survivors, patients, families and friends will gather at City of Hope for one purpose: to raise money for, and awareness of, women's cancers. Together, at the annual Walk for Hope, they'll cheer, support, honor and commemorate mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends who have fought, or even will fight, women's cancers.

The 19th annual signature event – a 5K/2K walk through the heart of City of Hope’s campus – will be hosted by actress and author Alison Sweeney, a longtime supporter and Fitness Ambassador for City of Hope. Sweeney is also part of the ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ campaign, benefitting City of Hope.

The fundraising walk for women’s cancers is unique in that it’s held in the same location where breakthrough research is conducted and where lifesaving treatment is delivered. A highlight of the event is the opportunity to wave, cheer and salute cancer patients watching from City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital.

City of Hope’s Walk for Hope, presented by Staples, raises funds for research into breast and other women’s cancers and is the cornerstone of the institution’s national Walk for Hope series. That series has now raised more than $37 million for City of Hope's Women's Cancers Program and is the only walk series that benefits research, treatment and education programs for all cancers affecting women.

"At City of Hope, our research creates new cancer treatments that benefit women everywhere. The supporters of that research quite clearly save lives,” said Joanne Mortimer, M.D., director of City of Hope's Women's Cancers Program. “We are grateful for the funding raised through Walk for Hope, which enables us to provide a continuum of care — from research to risk assessment, prevention, treatment, education and survivorship."

Women’s cancers will affect one in three women in her lifetime. One of those women is cancer survivor Allisa Miller, diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 29. Miller went to City of Hope for a second opinion and found reassurance and comfort as soon as she walked through the doors. Two years later, Miller is now cancer-free.

 “I have triumphed over cancer. I could not have done it without my friends and family, my faith and the caregivers at City of Hope,” said Miller. “I needed a strong team behind me, and clearly City of Hope was that team.”

With an expected 10,000 participants this year, Walk for Hope will celebrate the collaboration between researchers, patients and the community to end women's cancers.

New to the event this year will be the Survivors Pavilion, proudly supported by BEHR®, and an official finish line presented by ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™. In addition, the event will feature an expo area, a live music performance, a special ceremony with a survivors’ moment, giveaways, an interactive photo booth and food trucks.

Event-day festivities begin at 8 a.m., opening ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m. and the Walk begins at 10 a.m. Online registration closes on Saturday, Nov. 7. To register for Walk for Hope Los Angeles or to donate, visit

About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent 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, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics in southern California. 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  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Flickr.