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Dr. Aziza Shad To Receive “Relentless For A Cure” Award

This story was sent to us by Lisa Pagano of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will present Dr. Aziza Shad with the second annual  “Relentless For A Cure” award at the Light The Night Walk on Saturday, October 16 in Washington, D.C. The award was established in 2009 to recognize 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.

“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. “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.”

Currently the director of Georgetown University Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Shad founded the Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Clinic there to provide ongoing care for her patients. This clinic has been at the forefront of understanding the late effects of cancer treatments. She also 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, Dr. Shad dedicates significant time to improving the survival rates in 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.

Dr. Shad will receive the Relentless For a Cure Award prior to the Washington, D.C. Light The Night Walk on Saturday, October 16. The program will begin at 6:40pm in Freedom Plaza, located at Pennsylvania Ave, between 13th & 14th Streets, NW.