PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF HOPE WEBSITE:
Friday, April 29, 2011
"Special Event 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
"35th Annual Celebration of Life Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Reunion
Thousands of bone marrow/stem cell transplant patients will celebrate their victory over cancer at City of Hope’s 35th annual “Celebration of Life” Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant (BMT - SCT) Reunion.
One of the largest events of its kind in the country, the reunion will feature City of Hope cancer survivors meeting their lifesaving donors for the first time.
Celebrating City of Hope's 10,000th BMT/SCT !
"Special Dodger Guest: Andre Ethier
"LOCATION: City of Hope
, Rose Garden & Pioneer Park, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010
"Each year, City of Hope invites bone marrow, stem cell transplant recipients and their families to attend the "Celebration of Life" event. This return to City of Hope
is a joyous day for all in attendance, as they celebrate the obstacles they have overcome in fighting cancer.
Months or years after their transplants, patients and their City of Hope health-care team members have the opportunity once again to share the success of their treatment.
Annually, two patients and the marrow donors who saved their lives are introduced for the first time. Needless to say, tears of joy are a frequent sight on this emotional day!"
Best Dr ever, Dr Kogut and Best Nurse Practitioner ever, Tina
Best Dr ever, Dr Spielberger
Visiting City of Hope 5th Floor
My July 2010 home that saved my life!
That's where I was, up there on floor 5 and 6
for a whole month...
Hundreds, maybe thousands of Survivors
Celebrating our Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplants
Celebrating life, health, our healers, care-givers
and our hope for cancer-free futures...
Thank you City of Hope staff members
and my fabulous Kaiser Doctors and Nurses
One of these days I will fully "connect" with the term "survivor" and that I Had/Have CANCER ... I think I am still in the " H U H??? " stage, as walking around the event yesterday was quite overwhelming. Seeing so many many people who have survived cancer for just months like me, and those who had transplant "birthdays" from years and years ago, was just mind boggling to me! I met so many amazing people!
It was like a family reunion, where we all had this BIG THING in common... random people would congratulate me for my 9 months post SCT and I would look at their badge and see their years of remission or sadly in many cases, years of struggling with several cancers, treatments and in and out of remissions.
I am slowly beginning to realize I am forever part of a new "family" I did not choose or want to be a part of... and no doubt, the monster that brought us all together is truly horrible, yet the spirit of all "us" survivors is beyond remarkable and breath-taking!