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|Pitch Perfect For ThinkCure |
When Hannah Komai was a little girl, she always took her catcher’s mitt with her to watch baseball games at Dodger Stadium — just in case a home run sailed her way.
At age 21, Komai again returned to the stadium with a glove for a summer game. But this time she stepped onto the pitcher’s mound to throw the honorary first pitch, hurling a baseball to her father, Neil Komai — a cancer survivor, just like her. Hugging her dad after their achievement, Komai later declared, “It was the best day of my life.”
The Komais were featured as part of ThinkCure Weekend at Dodger Stadium. ThinkCure, the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers, supports cancer research at City of Hope and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Activities during the June 24 to 26, 2011, event included an online auction and radio and television interviews with cancer survivors, Dodgers players, coaches and celebrities.
City of Hope patient and U.S. Army 1st Lt. Vincent Garcia also was honored by the Dodgers as “Veteran of the Game” during the event. This year’s ThinkCure Weekend raised more than $350,000 for cancer research at both institutions.
City of Hope patient Hannah Komai celebrates after throwing out the first pitch during ThinkCure Weekend.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Vincent Garcia was honored by the Dodgers.
|Josie Maran Cosmetics Celebrates Strong Mothers |
Josie Maran Cosmetics hosted a mother-daughter brunch at City of Hope in May 2011 to recognize the beauty and courage of mothers who have been touched by cancer. Following the brunch, patients and their family members received complimentary makeup touch-ups and lip products from the Josie Maran collection.
“I am inspired by the strength and bravery of the patients at City of Hope,” said Josie Maran. “I am especially honored to pass along the gift of natural beauty and help each woman feel beautiful inside and out.”
About 50 patients and guests attended the event and met Maran, her daughter Rumi and mother Roberta.
In 2010, Josie Maran Cosmetics launched the “Get One Give One” (GOGO) program benefiting City of Hope. For each GOGO mascara purchased through August, the company donates one to a City of Hope patient or survivor — up to 5,000 — and for each mascara sold above the 5,000, the company will donate $1 to breast cancer research, treatment and education.
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|Hydrate for Hope |
Prominent skincare company Murad has joined City of Hope in the fight against women’s cancers.
Murad recently created a limited-edition “Hydrate for Hope” duo, a special set of its bestselling Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture product. For every Hydrate for Hope duo purchased, Murad will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to City of Hope’s Women’s Cancers Program, which advances research into breast, ovarian and other cancers specific to women. The promotion will contribute a minimum of $50,000 to City of Hope, with a goal of raising $1 million.
“Hydrate for Hope” is available at Murad.com, Sephora.com and leading salons and spas, while supplies last. Visit www.murad.com/city-of-hope.jsp for more information.
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|“American Idol” Winner and Country Music Stars Take the Field Against Cancer |
The 2011 “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina faced off once again — but this time, with bats and gloves instead of microphones — to benefit City of Hope.
The pair joined a cadre of celebrities supporting cancer research and treatment at the 21st annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge in June. The game, an official part of the Country Music Awards Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn., raised nearly $200,000 for City of Hope.
Long-time rival teams After MidNite with Blair Garner and Grand Ole Opry competed in the four-inning match-up, which saw After MidNite beat the Opry team 9 to 5.
Competitors included country music stars Vince Gill, Brett Eldredge, Chuck Wicks, David Nail, Jake Owen, James Wesley, Joe Nichols, Kerry Collins and LoCash Cowboys. Placekicker Rob Bironas of the Tennessee Titans professional football team, Headline News anchor Robin Meade, singer Denise Jones of the music group Point of Grace, and Blake Geoffrion and Nick Spaling of the Nashville Predators professional hockey team participated, as well.
The Celebrity Softball Challenge has raised more than $2 million for City of Hope since it began more than two decades ago. PEOPLE Country magazine served as presenting media sponsor for the 2011 event. Other sponsors included office products company Staples and health insurer Humana.
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Country music artist David Nail autographs City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge posters for fans at the game.
|Matching Gift Programs Top $5 Million |
The annual slate of National Office Products Industry matching gift programs drew substantial support for City of Hope.
Recently completed programs sponsored by Office Depot, 3M and 3M’s Post-it Notes brand raised more than $1.3 million for the year. By pledging to match consumers’ donations to City of Hope, the programs encouraged about 24,000 donors from outside the office products industry to give.
Office Depot, 3M and Post-it each matched consumers’ donations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. Together, the three programs have raised $5.4 million to date for City of Hope.
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|Research and Compassionate Care Highlighted to National Audience |
Birkenstock, a leading footwear brand known for health and wellness, sponsored an advertorial in Ladies’ Home Journal that showcased City of Hope’s commitment to supportive care as part of a comprehensive health and healing regimen. The advertorial ran in the June 2011 issue and reached more than 3.2 million readers.
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|The Walking Company Steps Up for Hope |
In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, The Walking Company, the world’s largest retailer of comfort footwear, put its best foot forward for City of Hope.
A national “Walking for Hope” promotion created by the company featured pink ribbon shoes from such brands as UGG Australia, Dansko and ECCO at all 200 retail locations. It also signed on as a national sponsor of Walk for Hope Nationally Presented by Staples, a series of nationwide fundraising walks that support the fight against women’s cancers.
The in-store and online promotions featured specially marked shoes that yielded a contribution of 5 percent of the retail price for breast cancer research, treatment and education at City of Hope, with a minimum combined commitment of $75,000.
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PHOTOS: JON SOOHOO/ LOS ANGELES DODGERS 2011; SARA KAUSS