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City of Hope® Cancer Center Phoenix received a $100,000 gift from the Richard & Georgiann Ames Family Foundation on June 3, 2024. The gift will further City of Hope’s mission to expand access to optimal cancer care to more patients, families and communities in Arizona and cement its role as one of the most advanced, dedicated cancer research and treatment centers in the region.

“We are grateful to the Ames family for this generous gift and their commitment to transforming cancer care in our community,” said Kevin Tulipana, D.O., M.S., president of City of Hope Cancer Center Phoenix. “Because of their generosity, more Arizonans will have access to leading-edge diagnostics, treatments and clinical trials when they need it.”

The Richard & Georgiann Ames Family Foundation is committed to improving the lives of others, through sickness and in health, by donating to cancer research while assisting those very families afflicted. The funds for this donation were generously raised by attendees at the foundation’s 3rd annual gala. Additionally, the foundation donated a Horses For Humanity Arabian Horse sculpture named “Bubbles,” which is now on display in the main gallery of the City of Hope Cancer Center Phoenix’s hospital. Bubbles was created by Karen Kasper and painted by Tina Hillstrom for the Richard & Georgiann Ames Family Foundation, symbolizing the essence of vitality, the jubilant effervescence of life-sustaining oxygen.

“The Ames Family Foundation is committed to improving the lives of others, through sickness and health,” said Lara Ames, chair of the Richard & Georgiann Ames Family Foundation. “From the many blessings we have received, we firmly believe in providing the same to others.”

City of Hope is one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the country. City of Hope Cancer Center Phoenix opened in 2008 in Goodyear, just west of downtown Phoenix, and has grown its footprint with outpatient locations in Gilbert, North Phoenix and Tatum Ridge. City of Hope Phoenix and Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), part of City Hope, are accelerating the development of breakthroughs and creating a cycle of innovation where research leads to new treatments. City of Hope and TGen complement each other in their common areas of research and patient care, with City of Hope providing a significant clinical setting to advance scientific discoveries made by TGen faster, safer and more effectively. This benefits the Phoenix area and beyond through genomics research, fully leveraged to provide highly specialized care and precision medicine treatment to City of Hope patients in Arizona and across the country.

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