Food for Thought: The City of Hope
If you have never heard of it do yourself a favor and Google it.
The City of Hope is a Los Angles based research center devoted to the study of and hopefully eradication of women’s cancers. It is one of only 40 such centers it the country. Currently Virginia does not have such a center.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of catering lunch for Team Markel which was over 200 strong of the estimated 1000 folks that converged on the nation’s capitol for the City of Hope’s walk for hope.
The purpose of this rally was simple; draw attention, educate and inform the public and raise awareness and money. Stories and testimonials were both inspiring and tear jerking. The statistics and numbers are frightening. Women of all ages, varying socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures are potential victims of the many debilitating and fatal forms cancer. At present the City of Hope has over 800 different studies and research projects under hand.
At the City of Hope’s request, Richmond’s own Anthony F. “Tony” Markel was asked and agreed to chair a very ambitious multiyear campaign to raise an unprecedented one billion dollars for research. To my knowledge there is no other effort in the county with goals set this high.
The Good Stuff.