A Quarterly Publication of City of Hope | Volume 18 Number 2 | Spring 2007

FIRST PERSON: PATIENT PROFILE

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Ken Thompson

Industry group provides a lifesaving referral

Portland, Ore., resident and cancer survivor Ken Thompson was diagnosed with stage 4 multiple myeloma in December 1996 when he was 52 years old. After a successful bone marrow transplant at City of Hope, he has been cancer-free for more than nine years.

A former manager in the wholesale grocery industry, Ken was the featured patient speaker at the Pacific Northwest Food Industries Circle’s 18th annual Harvest Celebration Ball, which was held on Oct. 28, 2006, in Seattle. Now working in real estate, he enjoys horseback riding, hunting, fishing and hot-rod motoring. He and his wife, Rosemary, have two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren.

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CAUSE FOR HOPE

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During May, Americans can celebrate moms around the nation by joining City of Hope in the fight against breast cancer. Companies nationwide will raise awareness and much-needed funds for City of Hope through products and services linked to the breast cancer theme. Watch for these opportunities to help women everywhere live longer, healthier lives.

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3M's steadfast commitment to City of Hope's mission continues. Since 2004, the company's Post-it® Super Sticky Notes "Stick Up for the Cause" campaign has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer research, treatment and education programs at City of Hope.

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EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Extending intergenerational legacies of support

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This summer, Southern California will welcome hundreds of volunteers from across the country for the 2007 City of Hope National Convention. This year's theme, "Building a Future of Hope," symbolizes the host of activities planned to highlight the institution's achievements and profound legacy of support. Keep Reading

Support for lymphoma research

City of Hope supporters raised more than $630,000 to support lymphoma research at the Marc Goodman Lymphoma Research Golf Tournament on Sept. 11.Held at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, the tournament and dinner celebrated the life of Goodman, a Discovery Channel executive who passed away from non–Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2005 at age 46. Keep Reading

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Research & Treatment

Good tasting - and good for you

A common mushroom may help prevent breast cancer by suppressing estrogen production in postmenopausal women.

Delivering a one-two punch

Specially engineered HIV-fighting genes also may eradicate the lymphoma that arises in many HIV-positive patients.

A tiny idea with huge implications

A drug measuring less than half the size of a strand of human hair can pass through even the smallest blood vessels,delivering potent chemotherapy to tumor cells.

Vaccine may ward off CMV invaders

A cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine created at City of Hope may bring immunocompromised patients protection against pneumonia and other diseases

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GIFT PLANNING

Personal loss leads to generous lifelong
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As a third generation member of a family devoted to philanthropy, Scott Morielli was educated by his late grandmother on the importance of charitable giving.

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Recent Grants

Parsons Foundation gift funds new teaching laboratory in graduate school

A $750,000 grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation will establish a new teaching laboratory for students at City of Hope's Graduate School of Biological Sciences.

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W.M. Keck Foundation supports joint effort to develop advanced therapies against lymphoma

The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded investigators at City of Hope and the California Institute of Technology a $450,000 grant to study the molecular mechanisms underlying lymphoma and develop new treatments for it.

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NEWS

Grants at a glance

City of Hope is a nationally recognized leader in biomedical research. These are some of the institution’s recent notable grants. The National Institute on Aging awarded a five-year grant of more than $2 million to Gerd Pfeifer, Ph.D., Lester M. and Irene C. Finkelstein Chair in Biology and chair of the Department of Cancer Biology. The grant will support studies that seek to uncover epigenetic changes to cellular DNA during the aging process. Epigenetic changes are chemical modifications to chromosomal DNA …

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City of Hope in the news

Photo by Dave Lindsay/Socalcarculture.comCrusin’ For A Cure has raised more than $80,000 for prostate cancer research, treatment and education. The 10th annual Cruisin’ For A Cure event at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., in September 2009 was covered in Westways, the magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California, and KOCE-TV (PBS). The 11th annual Cruisin’ For A Cure is scheduled for Sept. 25 at the same location. For more information, go to http://www.cruisinforacure.com. On …

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