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New Museum at City of Hope Documents More Than a Century of Medical Breakthroughs


The ever-changing Anthony F. Markel Family City of Hope Museum was
named in honor of an insurance industry leader and his family

City of Hope recently opened an interactive public museum in its
Duarte-based cancer and diabetes research and treatment center to
spotlight more than a century of lifesaving medical innovations.

The 1,500-square-foot airy, dynamic exhibition hall is named the Anthony
F. Markel Family City of Hope Museum
in honor of a leader in the
insurance industry and his family, their commitment to accelerating
cancer breakthroughs and the indelible mark they have left on City of

Anthony Markel has built a national network of support for City of Hope.
Robert W. Stone, president and chief executive officer of City of Hope,
said Markel has made remarkable contributions.

"Tony Markel is deeply devoted to accelerating cancer research," Stone
said. "People say that Tony is larger than life. His record of business
success at Markel Corporation is unprecedented. But that's nothing,
however, compared to the size of Tony's heart. He honors City of Hope
with his vision and commitment every single day."

Markel was introduced to City of Hope in 2006 and continues to be a
force of good. He chaired the research center's first comprehensive
fundraising campaign, which exceeded its $1 billion goal. Markel and
Michael Friedman, M.D., former CEO of City of Hope, established the
Markel-Friedman Research Fund for Ovarian and Peritoneal Cancer to
accelerate research and develop new ways to treat these diseases in the

Housed within a dramatic, white building designed by Belzberg
Architects, the museum is a contemplative space for learning and
reflection. The interactive exhibits chronicle 105 years of history,
science, people and technology that, together, have made City of Hope a
nationally renowned research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes
and other life-threatening diseases.

Tony Markel said he believes in City of Hope's mission, vision and
excellence in compassionate patient care.

"I can't think of any other building at City of Hope I'd rather have
named after me: This museum is imbued with 100-plus years of triumphant
history," Markel said. "There are a limited number of institutions and
companies that have achieved 100 years. The success of that long period
sends a message of continuity, durability, strength and value – a
complete picture of why City of Hope is such a tremendous source of hope
for the future."

Three 55-inch interactive screens highlight cancer and diabetes
breakthroughs, physician-scientists who are transforming the medical
landscape, and the experiences of former City of Hope patients.

People can sit and let their mind wander as they watch the colorful
leaves of a large, digital wishing tree undulate. The tree in the museum
is a creative doppelgänger of real wishing trees at City of Hope, where
people can participate in the Japanese tradition of hanging their
deepest wishes on branches in the hopes that their dreams will come true.

At the museum, an imperceptible breeze loosens orange, purple, yellow
and sky-blue origami-like leaves to reveal wishes others have made.
Visitors can share their own wishes by going to
or texting 669-242-HOPE (4673).

M. Steven DeCarlo, executive chairman of AmWINS Group Inc., a
distributor of specialty insurance products, has known Markel for 30
years. He knows firsthand how cancer has affected his family, as well as
the Markel family.

"Tony is a class act who has always gone above and beyond in the service
of others," DeCarlo said. "Tony has spent his career contributing to the
industry, cancer advocacy and believes strongly in the role City of Hope
plays in the research and treatment of this terrible disease."

The museum officially opened on May 31. Many pages of the guestbook are
filled with positive sentiments. A former patient wrote, "Good to be
back after 43 years and with the same feeling – attention for body and

The Anthony F. Markel Family City of Hope Museum is located at 1500 E.
Duarte Road, Duarte CA 91010, across the way from the Japanese Garden.
It is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer,
diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only
49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the
National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the
National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment
protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope's main
campus is in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with additional
throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of
"America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World
. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation,
and numerous
breakthrough cancer drugs
based on technology developed at the
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