Since its inception a century ago as a tuberculosis sanatorium started by the Jewish Consumptive Relief Association of California (JCRA), City of Hope has grown to become one of the most renowned medical institutions in the country, with a legacy of providing compassionate patient care and the best treatments available. In fact, City of Hope has pioneered many of the medical breakthroughs in the treatment of tuberculosis, cancer, diabetes, HIV-AIDS and other life-threatening diseases that are now considered standard medical practice.
The City of Hope story begins in 1913, when a poor young tailor, alone and in pain, collapses and dies from tuberculosis on a Los Angeles sidewalk. Saddened by the tragedy and spurred by compassion to help others in need, volunteers establish the JCRA and raise money to start a free, nonsectarian tuberculosis sanatorium. With almost $2,500 raised at a benefit concert at Temple Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, the JCRA puts a down payment on 10 acres of sun-drenched land in Duarte, where they would establish the Los Angeles Sanatorium a year later. The sanatorium consists of two tents—one for patients and the other for a nurse. So begins a century-long journey that will place City of Hope at the forefront of the nation’s medical institutions.