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2014 BMT/Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Reunion

Bone marrow transplants offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. But many recipients, though overwhelmed with curiosity and the need to express their gratitude, can only dream of meeting the strangers who saved their lives. City of Hope made that dream come true for two patients.

At City of Hope’s annual Bone Marrow Transplantation Reunion on May 9, 2014, two grateful patients met the strangers, each hailing from different countries.
 
 
 
 
Reunion Videos
George Winston, recipient
 
 
Kayla Saikaly, recipient
 
Hear musician George Winston talk about his remarkable experience at City of Hope, where he battled and overcame thyroid cancer, basal cell carcinoma, and myelodysplastic syndrome. George will meet his bone marrow donor for the first time at City of Hope's annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion
 
Kayla Saikaly, 17, and her mother, Samar, fought her aplastic anemia together. They will meet the donor of her lifesaving bone marrow at City of Hope's annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion
 
 

2014 BMT/HCT Reunion

2014 BMT/Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Reunion

Bone marrow transplants offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. But many recipients, though overwhelmed with curiosity and the need to express their gratitude, can only dream of meeting the strangers who saved their lives. City of Hope made that dream come true for two patients.

At City of Hope’s annual Bone Marrow Transplantation Reunion on May 9, 2014, two grateful patients met the strangers, each hailing from different countries.
 
 
 
 
Reunion Videos
George Winston, recipient
 
 
Kayla Saikaly, recipient
 
Hear musician George Winston talk about his remarkable experience at City of Hope, where he battled and overcame thyroid cancer, basal cell carcinoma, and myelodysplastic syndrome. George will meet his bone marrow donor for the first time at City of Hope's annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion
 
Kayla Saikaly, 17, and her mother, Samar, fought her aplastic anemia together. They will meet the donor of her lifesaving bone marrow at City of Hope's annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion
 
 
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About the HCT Program
Stephen J. Forman, M.D., chair of hematology and hematopoietic cell transplantation, shares his views on the essence of care at City of Hope. He highlights the bone marrow transplant program (BMT) and the program's growth over the years.
 
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Past BMT Reunions
Each year, City of Hope invites bone marrow transplant recipients and their families to attend the "Celebration of Life" event. View highlights from past reunions.
 
City of Hope's partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, includes ThinkCure!, an innovative, community-based non-profit that raises funds to accelerate collaborative research at City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to cure cancers.
 
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