City of Hope hosts Walk for Hope kickoff breakfast

PASADENA, Calif.— City of Hope held its Walk for Hope kickoff breakfast at the Langham Hotel here on June 27.

The event attracted more than 150 attendees, with Joe Waterson, VP of the Office of Philanthropy, serving as master of ceremonies. Speakers included Dr. Joseph Alvernas, VP of Government Affairs, and Jerry Kohl, founder of Brighton Collectibles, the event’s signature sponsor. The program featured a patient film sharing the story of Melody Shahsavarani, a 24-year-old Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor.

Martin Ploy, a volunteer speaker, highlighted the significance of the Walk for Hope. Ploy and his wife Mary Ann, both former patients, have participated since 2010 with the AICO All-Stars team. Ploy emphasized City of Hope’s exceptional patient care and its status as a leading cancer hospital and research center.

City of Hope also distinguishes itself by manufacturing its own medicines and expediting clinical trials. The institution currently offers over 850 clinical trials, benefiting more than 100 million people globally each year.

Ploy recounted the growth of the AICO All-Stars, from their first walk in 2012 with 12 members to 2019’s event with 72 team members and 12,000 participants. Key AICO All-Stars, including Michael Amini, David Koehler, and Rick Powell, attended the kickoff.

Over the past 13 years, the team has raised more than $440,000 for City of Hope research. Ploy attributed their fundraising success to a dedicated team of “believers” in City of Hope’s mission.

This year’s Walk for Hope aims to raise $4 million nationwide, with events set for Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, and California locations on September 8th.

See also:

  • Letter to the Editor: Let’s walk for a cure with City of Hope
  • Golf, tennis tourney tops $960,000 raised for City of Hope

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