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2015 Patient/Riders' stories

Overview of the float:

 
Float designs are well underway and excitement is building for the 126th The Rose Parade® — America’s favorite New Year's Day tradition.
 
On January 1, 2015, City of Hope will once again participate in the Pasadena tradition. This year's theme, "Inspired Stories," pays homage to everything that surrounds us and fills us with wonder and hope. City of Hope's entry is called "Made possible by HOPE."
 
The float will carry patients and their families celebrating their journeys together — atop the float they’ll share their inspiring stories made possible by the researchers, physicians, nurses and staff at City of Hope.
 
The centerpiece of this year's parade entry is a science vignette that features a DNA helix and a laboratory setting. Wish tags — now symbols of the hopes and dreams made possible by City of Hope — will adorn the float. Hot air balloons will symbolically carry hope and discovery to patients around the globe.
 
We invite you to share your stories with us, those remarkable stories that you tell at family gatherings, stories that inspire you and represent hope.

2015 Rose Parade Float Decorating

Thank you for inquiring about our annual City of Hope Rose Parade Float decorating activities.
 
City of Hope's annual tradition continues with our annual float in the Rose Parade. Your help in decorating this year's entry is greatly appreciated.
 
To sign up for volunteer decorating, please go directly to our registration page at cityofhopeparadefloat.eventbrite.com.
 
There are various shift opportunities available, with limited space (up to 40 volunteers per shift).
 
Dry decorating shifts:
 
  • Saturday, 12/06 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Saturday, 12/13 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Saturday, 12/20 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
 
Floral decorating shifts:
 
  • Friday, 12/26 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • DUARTE DAY — Saturday, 12/27 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Sunday, 12/28 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Monday, 12/29 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, 12/30 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
 
Clean up/touch up:
 
  • Wednesday, 12/31 (8 to 11 a.m.)
 
NOTE:
We ask that you commit to a full shift as partial shifts will disrupt activities in the decorating pavilion.
 
Volunteers must be at least 13 years old.
 
Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 

Our 2014 Rose Parade Float

 
At City of Hope, everything we do is powered by hope. And that includes parade floats. For 100 years, City of Hope has been dedicated to saving lives, raising hope and making dreams come true.
For 40 years, City of Hope has celebrated the New Year with an entry in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The 2014 parade theme, “Dreams Come True,” set the stage for City of Hope’s entry, “Turning Hope and Dreams into Reality,” which featured riders whose dreams have been made possible by the team at City of Hope. Inspired by the wishing trees that line the entrance to City of Hope’s campus, City of Hope’s parade entry featured trees crafted entirely of flowers and natural materials, as required by parade tradition.
 
 
 



Your Wishes at Work: Survivor Stories

Christine Pechera
 

In 2003, Christine asked her parents
to take her to the Rose Parade in
Pasadena, fearing it would be her
last. Thanks to a lifesaving bone marrow
transplant, Christine rode the 2014
float fulfilling her childhood dream.
Read more »

Charlie Habib
 

When Charlie’s mom, Melissa noticed
an unusual bump on her baby girl she
worried but her doctor dismissed it. As
most mother’s do, she was determined
to find an answer and she did.
Read more »

 

Hannah Komai
 

In 2010, when Hannah was diagnosed
with osteosarcoma, she refused to let
it stop her. After several surgeries and
intense chemotherapy, she is cancer
freeand looking to help kids on their
own  cancer journey.
Read more »

Julie Campoy
 

I was already well familiar with
City of Hope long before I was
diagnosed with breast cancer
.
Read more »

 

Kommah McDowell
 

In March of 2005, one month after
my29th birthday, my best friend
proposed to me and we were set
to be married on Oct. 29, 2005.
Three months later, I was
diagnosed with triple negative
inflammatory breast cancer. Not to
mention if I did survive, I would not be
able to have children.
Read more »

John Cloer
 

My name is John Cloer and I'm a
healthy 12-year-old, but a long time
ago I had cancer. Just before my third
birthday I didn't feel well. My mom
thought I had the flu since it was winter,
but when I wouldn't even eat a piece
of candy, we went to the doctor.

Read more »

 

Stephanie Hosford
 

In the summer of 2007, I was 37
years old, a happily married mother
of one, living a relaxed and healthy
lifestyle in Southern California. We
were in the final months of the waiting
period for an international adoption.

Read more »

Bishop J. Jon Bruno
 

After returning home from cancer
treatment at City of Hope in May
2012, J. Jon Bruno was astonished
to see his Pasadena, Calif., family room
crowded with mail bags filled
with more
than 25,000 handwritten letters.

Read more »

 

Ben Teller
 

Dreams - when one is a child -
often get taken for granted. They are
often bedtime stories parents tell their
children in a land where anything is
possible. That’s who I was pre-cancer,
young, naive and full of dreams of
college, friends, exciting careers
and independence.

Read more »

 
 

Rose Parade Float

2015 Patient/Riders' stories

Overview of the float:

 
Float designs are well underway and excitement is building for the 126th The Rose Parade® — America’s favorite New Year's Day tradition.
 
On January 1, 2015, City of Hope will once again participate in the Pasadena tradition. This year's theme, "Inspired Stories," pays homage to everything that surrounds us and fills us with wonder and hope. City of Hope's entry is called "Made possible by HOPE."
 
The float will carry patients and their families celebrating their journeys together — atop the float they’ll share their inspiring stories made possible by the researchers, physicians, nurses and staff at City of Hope.
 
The centerpiece of this year's parade entry is a science vignette that features a DNA helix and a laboratory setting. Wish tags — now symbols of the hopes and dreams made possible by City of Hope — will adorn the float. Hot air balloons will symbolically carry hope and discovery to patients around the globe.
 
We invite you to share your stories with us, those remarkable stories that you tell at family gatherings, stories that inspire you and represent hope.

Decorating

2015 Rose Parade Float Decorating

Thank you for inquiring about our annual City of Hope Rose Parade Float decorating activities.
 
City of Hope's annual tradition continues with our annual float in the Rose Parade. Your help in decorating this year's entry is greatly appreciated.
 
To sign up for volunteer decorating, please go directly to our registration page at cityofhopeparadefloat.eventbrite.com.
 
There are various shift opportunities available, with limited space (up to 40 volunteers per shift).
 
Dry decorating shifts:
 
  • Saturday, 12/06 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Saturday, 12/13 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Saturday, 12/20 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
 
Floral decorating shifts:
 
  • Friday, 12/26 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • DUARTE DAY — Saturday, 12/27 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Sunday, 12/28 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Monday, 12/29 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, 12/30 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
 
Clean up/touch up:
 
  • Wednesday, 12/31 (8 to 11 a.m.)
 
NOTE:
We ask that you commit to a full shift as partial shifts will disrupt activities in the decorating pavilion.
 
Volunteers must be at least 13 years old.
 
Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 

Archive

Our 2014 Rose Parade Float

 
At City of Hope, everything we do is powered by hope. And that includes parade floats. For 100 years, City of Hope has been dedicated to saving lives, raising hope and making dreams come true.
For 40 years, City of Hope has celebrated the New Year with an entry in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The 2014 parade theme, “Dreams Come True,” set the stage for City of Hope’s entry, “Turning Hope and Dreams into Reality,” which featured riders whose dreams have been made possible by the team at City of Hope. Inspired by the wishing trees that line the entrance to City of Hope’s campus, City of Hope’s parade entry featured trees crafted entirely of flowers and natural materials, as required by parade tradition.
 
 
 



Your Wishes at Work: Survivor Stories

Christine Pechera
 

In 2003, Christine asked her parents
to take her to the Rose Parade in
Pasadena, fearing it would be her
last. Thanks to a lifesaving bone marrow
transplant, Christine rode the 2014
float fulfilling her childhood dream.
Read more »

Charlie Habib
 

When Charlie’s mom, Melissa noticed
an unusual bump on her baby girl she
worried but her doctor dismissed it. As
most mother’s do, she was determined
to find an answer and she did.
Read more »

 

Hannah Komai
 

In 2010, when Hannah was diagnosed
with osteosarcoma, she refused to let
it stop her. After several surgeries and
intense chemotherapy, she is cancer
freeand looking to help kids on their
own  cancer journey.
Read more »

Julie Campoy
 

I was already well familiar with
City of Hope long before I was
diagnosed with breast cancer
.
Read more »

 

Kommah McDowell
 

In March of 2005, one month after
my29th birthday, my best friend
proposed to me and we were set
to be married on Oct. 29, 2005.
Three months later, I was
diagnosed with triple negative
inflammatory breast cancer. Not to
mention if I did survive, I would not be
able to have children.
Read more »

John Cloer
 

My name is John Cloer and I'm a
healthy 12-year-old, but a long time
ago I had cancer. Just before my third
birthday I didn't feel well. My mom
thought I had the flu since it was winter,
but when I wouldn't even eat a piece
of candy, we went to the doctor.

Read more »

 

Stephanie Hosford
 

In the summer of 2007, I was 37
years old, a happily married mother
of one, living a relaxed and healthy
lifestyle in Southern California. We
were in the final months of the waiting
period for an international adoption.

Read more »

Bishop J. Jon Bruno
 

After returning home from cancer
treatment at City of Hope in May
2012, J. Jon Bruno was astonished
to see his Pasadena, Calif., family room
crowded with mail bags filled
with more
than 25,000 handwritten letters.

Read more »

 

Ben Teller
 

Dreams - when one is a child -
often get taken for granted. They are
often bedtime stories parents tell their
children in a land where anything is
possible. That’s who I was pre-cancer,
young, naive and full of dreams of
college, friends, exciting careers
and independence.

Read more »

 
 
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