Friday, June 12, 2015

A lasting tribute

From left, Clifford Seresky and his children, Peter Seresky, Nancy Duber and Rhonda Brandes

A GIFT OF LOVE: on the MGH Medical Oncology Unit routinely provide integrated and highly individualized care to sick patients. While that means staff often form a bond with many of their patients, sometimes there is a deeper, personal connection with a patient and their family.

Phyllis Seresky was one of those patients who made a lasting impression. Today her name and memory are preserved in the busy Lunder 9 conference room that hosts daily clinical rounds and teaching sessions. Now named the Phyllis R. Seresky Conference Room, this space was dedicated on May 18 in a special ceremony to celebrate her life.

Dozens of family and friends joined MGH leaders and Seresky’s surviving husband Clifford to cut the ceremonial ribbon and present a gift to support lymphoma research and educational opportunities under the direction of Ephraim Hochberg, MD.

Lunder 9 staff members recall Seresky’s poise and grace throughout her courageous battle with lymphoma. “Phyllis was a remarkable individual,” said Hochberg. “This philanthropic commitment in her honor to support the Center for Lymphoma and advance research efforts in the field will make a lasting difference. While we continue to make incredible progress in moving the science forward, our efforts to provide more personalized and targeted therapies for cancer patients continue to 
be constrained by financial resources.”

Hochberg added, “The Seresky family’s philanthropy and shared vision play a key role 
in the MGH Cancer Center’s ability to provide 
world-class care to our lymphoma patients. The naming of this special space on Lunder 9 will serve as a true motivator to all of our staff as we continue to care for our patients and move this important research forward.”

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