Washington, DC – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has presented this year’s “Relentless For A Cure” award to Aziza T. Shad, MD, director of pediatric hematology and oncology at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of Georgetown University Medical Center. The annual award recognizes an individual who has exhibited a lifetime commitment to the LLS mission – to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The award was presented to Shad on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the “Light The Night Walk” in Washington, D.C.
“We are pleased to honor Dr. Shad, a longtime friend of LLS, with the Relentless For A Cure Award,” said Donna McKelvey, National Capital Area Executive Director of the LLS. “Dr. Shad’s development of a Pediatric Care Clinic to provide on-going care for pediatric cancer survivors and her work to improve the survival rates of children diagnosed with cancer directly impacts the LLS mission.”
Shad founded the Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Clinic at Georgetown University Hospital to provide ongoing care for her patients after treatment. Shad, the Amey Distinguished Professor of Neuro-Oncology & Childhood Cancer at Lombardi, has been at the forefront of understanding the late effects of cancer treatments. In 2009, she published a guide for pediatric cancer survivors and their families titled, "The Next Step: Crossing the Bridge to Survivorship." In addition to her work at Georgetown, Shad dedicates significant time to improving the survival rates of children with cancer in developing countries. As the director of International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research USA, she works with physicians from Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, traveling to oncology centers in developing countries to educate oncologists and nurses, guide patient treatments, organize workshops, and teach palliative care.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. www.lls.org.
About Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital, seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future. Lombardi is one of only 40 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, and the only one in the Washington, DC, area. For more information, go to http://lombardi.georgetown.edu.
About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.