Walk for Hope began in 1997 and is an annual event and peer-to-peer fundraising campaign that has raised over $42 million for City of Hope’s Women’s Cancers Program. Walk for Hope started as the passion project of a group of breast cancer survivors treated at City of Hope. As it grew and evolved, the institution took ownership of the event. Walk for Hope is the largest public-facing event City of Hope produces — with approximately 12,000 attendees in 2019 (the last in-person event) — and raises both awareness and funds. The 2019 campaign raised approximately $1.6 million — the highest fundraising total to date. In 2020, City of Hope held its first-ever virtual Walk for Hope due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the incredible generosity of its supporters, Walk for Hope still raised $1.3 million and was a leader of revenue retention among peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns across cancer hospitals nationwide.
The 2021 Walk for Hope is the campaign’s 25th anniversary, and City of Hope plans to celebrate! City of Hope continues to evaluate event feasibility to ensure the health and safety of its patients, volunteers, donors and staff.
At this time, the Walk for Hope team is planning a hybrid event in November 2021 — one that includes both robust virtual components and a safe in-person event on the Duarte campus. The campaign will include a kickoff, pre-Walk engagement opportunities, a fitness component, and the event on November 7. The campaign and event will feature Walk for Hope’s celebrated and unique elements, including Team Produce, the Survivors Pavilion, and the Expo Area.