City of Hope

District 4-A1 Chairperson: Eric Cheung

Lions Club International and City of Hope are now partnering in the Diabetes Initiative. You can get information on Lions Clubs International’s website or The City of Hope and Lions Clubs of California have partnered in the fight against diabetes. With the Lions Clubs Diabetes Innovation Fund at City of Hope, Lions are at the forefront of diabetes research. This fund that is supporting diabetes research has the potential to revolutionize diabetes treatment, and find a cure for diabetic patients around the world. New researchers are being selected and giving grants every year. Attend City of Hope’s next event to learn more about these exciting research studies. 

City of Hope and Lions Clubs International cordially invite you to celebrate our partnership at the Annual Lions Tribute Day on March 27, 2022.
Location: TBD
For further information:
City of Hope / ATTN: Lion Carl Woody
Legacy and Affinity Groups 
1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010 
Phone: 626-222-7409 Email:

Here’s a very informative video about City of Hope:

March 27, 2022 is Lions Tribute Day at City of Hope
November 2022 is Diabetes Awareness Month

Lions Dollars for Diabetes Campaign

Proceeds benefit Lions City of Hope Innovation Fund to provide seed grants to City of Hope researchers to collect valuable data to apply for more grants to find the cure for diabetes.
Individual club was asked to raise $500/year. This could be daunting. About $40 a month. The best way is to have a Coin/dollar canister to pass around during club meetings. Lion Eric has a couple canister and Lion Carl could provide more if needed. When you reach $500 per year goal, Lion City of Hope Committee will send an award to be presented at the next district convention.
If any easier, you could find your lions club fundraising page. Feel free to share it with anyone you know. Any person could donate at any time.

City of Hope Club Chair Applications Are Open

Club Chair Job Description

Are you interested in taking your service to the Lions Clubs and City of Hope partnership even further? Then consider leading your fellow Lions as a City of Hope Club or District Chair! City of Hope Chairs serve a vital role in strengthening the City of Hope and Lions Clubs partnership by recruiting Lions to fund-raise, sharing communications from City of Hope with the clubs, meeting the $500 fundraising goal for clubs and so much more. If service that advances City of Hope’s work to end cancer and diabetes interests you, please consider reaching out to Carl Woody ( for more information. If you are your club’s City of Hope chairperson or you know someone who is, please email Lion Eric

Lions District 4-A1 mentioned in Lions City of Hope Newsletter

Lions Convention Attendees Raise Funds for City of Hope
District Convention attendees of 4-A1 and guests gathered in Tuolumne, CA at the Black Oak Casino and Resort April 22-25th. Activities held at the RV Park and clubhouse included business sessions, Food Faire/potluck fund raisers, an early morning Strides walk around the fishing pond, costumes, BBQs, RV decoration contests, and live entertainment.

Convention Chair Debbi Hopman is passionate about giving back and arranged the Lions for Diabetes Awareness Strides walk at 7:15 AM on the second day of the convention. Participants trekked around the mountain pond, raising money for Diabetes awareness.  Established in 1984 by Lions Club International to support both local and large-scale efforts leading to the control and treatment of diabetes, the Strides Walk Program was initiated in 2006 and continues to be the focus of fundraisers today.

Additional funds were raised at the Food Faire/Potluck competition as 20 different Lions Clubs baked, grilled, and cooked delicious offerings to the 124 “taste testers”, bringing in over $500.00 for everyone’s efforts. Nothing warms the heart like watching a group of costumed pirates (theme of the convention) enjoy great food, drinks, and fellowship while raising money for the City of Hope Lions Clubs Innovation Fund


1.  Where does COH have campus/clinic?  Are they also research lab or clinics?

Answer: City of Hope has many different sites around Southern California. We have sites in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. Most of our research is done on campus in Duarte. The other sites are called Community Practice Sites, and are mostly for people that are outside of our main catchment area to be treated with City of Hope’s expert care and leading-edge treatments. We do, however, have our Hope Village – which recently was just expanded to a 147-room hotel on campus – so that more patients can come to City of Hope to get treated.

2.  Is there any way Lions could get more involved?  Physical project?

Answer: We are looking into more ways that we can get Lions (and Leos) involved with more hands-on volunteering and hope to have some ideas soon.

3.  I talked with Angele regarding Walk for Hope.  What kind of platform to organize the online fundraising.  How much will it cost to setup the website and promo?

Answer: Walk for Hope is currently on the Classy platform. Same as the Lions Clubs fundraising pages. Setting up a team page is free, and there are many promotional tools that are built into the platform that makes getting the word out very easily. We can work together to get a page up for the Lions and the Walk for Hope.

4. Does City of Hope (COH) charge any administrative fees?

Answer: COH/Lions do not take any administrative fees.

5. What is unique about City of Hope? Could you tell us more about the innovation fund.

Answer: Not many organizations are positioned to do research (and benefit from that research) as City of Hope is. The phrase, bench to bedside, is how we pioneered so many effective treatments in cancer and the direction we are headed full-steam in diabetes. Clinical trials and patients electing to be a part of these groundbreaking studies and treatments is what have saved countless lives for some of the most complex and rare cancers. And that is how we have positioned our organization with diabetes. We have been leaders and innovators in diabetes and diabetic treatments, such as islet cell transplantation that have relieved many patients of their insulin dependency. This treatment, however, is very costly and at the moment with the current research, cannot be scaled to the amount that is needed to treat 1.6 million people with type 1 diabetes.
Yes, research is hard to conceive for many people, and it is very expensive. But curing diabetes and relieving millions of diabetics of their symptoms is not something that preventative care or diagnostics will achieve.
Seed funding is much cheaper for the donor (LCI/MD4) than funding a more mature research study. Many of the more mature research studies are being funded millions of dollars from the government (NIH, etc.) These seed grants can potentially lead to more well developed studies and government level grants. How exciting would it be if the Lions provided the seed funding for a study that ended up in a clinical trial that had significant positive results?
The selection process is by City of Hope and the leaders of the Arthur Riggs Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute. They look for promising studies that have the potential to get to the next level – and acquire larger govt. grants to continue. As you may know, many young and bright researchers have great ideas, but they never get the funding they need to get their research off the ground.

6. Who are the MD4 representatives?

Answer: PDG Manny Sanchez, PCC David Radtke and Lion Carl Woody

District 4-A1’s Campaign (our clubs are listed):

Note: If you or your club has any additional questions, feel free to reach Lion Eric at or Lion Carl at


If you have diabetes or live with someone with diabetes, how are you being supported or how do you want to support someone?

What is Type 3 Diabetes?

Dr. Bill Polonsky is President of Behavioral Diabetes InstituteHe is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego.  

Check out Dr. Polonsky’s presentation to learn more:

People with Type 1 Diabetes cannot produce insulin. Dr. Lakey has been doing research to transplant insulin producing cells into people. Dr. Jonathan Lakey has had a long interest and research direction in cell and tissue transplantation with a focus on diabetes and islet transplantation. 

Check out Dr. Lakey’s presentation here:

What is the importance of continuous glucose monitoring and time in range?

Dr. Irl B. Hirsch is professor and Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Chair at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

Check out the replay of this presentation by Dr. Hirsch:

Thank you, Mr. Garber, for sharing his experience with diabetes camp and discussion with Lion Brian about insulin cost.

Victor Garber, is an award-winning actor who has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for close to 60 years. View Victor Garber’s YouTube Presentation: