City of Hope announced it has renamed its preeminent diabetes research center the Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute, in honor of its longtime director and research pioneer, who recently donated $100 million to the world renowned cancer treatment facility in Duarte.
Riggs’ scientific achievements include developing the technology that led to the first synthetic human insulin — a breakthrough that enabled mass production of insulin for people with diabetes. That discovery, which jumpstarted what is now a $500 billion global biotech industry, was followed by numerous firsts in the field of biomedical science. Today, synthetic insulin is used regularly by hundreds of millions of people. Continue reading “Caltech Grad Donates $100 Million to City of Hope’s Research Center”
Flintridge Prep alumna Olivia Gaines was one of seven City of Hope patients selected to celebrate their second chance at life by riding the institution’s float during the 130th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
A 2013 graduate of Prep, Gaines took a leave of absence from college when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in order to receive the treatment required to save her life. At City of Hope she received a stem-cell transplant, which uses a donor’s bone marrow to re-establish function in patients whose bone marrow or immune system is defective. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Alum Rides City of Hope’s Rose Parade Float”
Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda has been selected as the recipient of the Celebration of Life award in conjunction with the Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Classic that benefits City of Hope. The second annual event will be held on Monday, Aug. 20, at Oakmont Country Club, with all proceeds benefiting City of Hope’s head and neck and thyroid cancer programs.
“We are honored that Tommy will be with us at our tournament dinner to accept this award,” Fred Claire said. “Tommy’s ongoing involvement with so many great causes and charities is a tribute to him and to his family and makes him an ideal recipient of the Celebration of Life award.”
Hall of Fame baseball player Rod Carew received the first Celebration of Life award last year from Claire and Dr. Stephen J. Forman of City of Hope. Continue reading “Lasorda to Be Honored at Golf Tournament Benefitting City of Hope”
On Sunday, Nov. 5, breast cancer patient Kaye McDonald will walk beside 10,000 supporters — fellow cancer patients, survivors, physicians, nurses, family and friends — to help raise funds and awareness for women’s cancers at City of Hope’s annual Walk for Hope. The event helps City of Hope researchers and scientists create new cancer treatments that benefit women everywhere.
McDonald was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at just 28 years old. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction surgery two years ago, but because her cancer had spread to other parts of her body, she will be in treatment for the rest of her life — but she is hopeful for the future. Continue reading “City of Hope’s ‘Walk For Hope’ is Nov. 5”
Dr. Steven Rosen, hired three years ago as the provost and chief scientific officer for City of Hope, gives former colleagues in Chicago honest feedback about his current role.
“I tell my friends at Northwestern that I’m working longer hours than I ever worked,” he said. “But I just enjoy every moment of it. I have absolutely no regrets and I find it to be the most stimulating portion of my career.”
A longtime director of Northwestern’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rosen moved to La Cañada Flintridge when he accepted the position at City of Hope, where he also is director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and Beckman Research Institute. Continue reading “Local City of Hope Provost Focuses on Cancer Future”
Mayfield Junior School, in partnership with Dilbeck Real Estate, is hosting a Community Blood Drive to benefit the City of Hope on Friday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The greater San Gabriel Valley community is encouraged to participate by visiting the MJS campus located adjacent to historic Old Town Pasadena. Donors may schedule an appointment by calling (626) 218-7171 or by logging on to idonateblood4hope.org, use sponsor code MJSP. All donors will receive a City of Hope gift for their blood donation.Mayfield Junior School, in partnership with Dilbeck Real Estate, is hosting a Community Blood Drive to benefit the City of Hope on Friday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Continue reading “Mayfield Jr., Dilbeck Host Sept. 15 Blood Drive to Benefit City of Hope”