City of Hope

City of Hope is an internationally respected cancer research and treatment center that deploys a “lab bench to bedside” model.  Our major multiyear support will advance immunotherapy research led by Dr. Stephen Forman.  In brief, this cutting edge work involves re-engineering patients' own immune cells to boost their ability to fight cancer. After initial success in treating blood cancers, Dr. Forman’s lab is now targeting breast cancer that has spread to the brain. Meringoff funding will speed this new therapy’s path to the clinical trial phase.

“I will often tell patients there’s no therapy we’re using to help them that wasn’t derived from somebody’s idea in some laboratory, working late into the night. The challenge is maintaining a certain level of funding so that all good ideas get a chance to see if they’re going to help someone.”

-Dr. Stephen Forman