A Fitting Legacy
years ago, Leonard Zakim first envisioned a program that would combine
traditional cancer therapies with alternative treatments. But for Zakim,
dreams were not enough. Throughout his own illness, Zakim doggedly worked
to lay the groundwork for such an institution. This year, The Dana Farber
Cancer Institute is poised to open the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrated
Therapies. The center will offer cancer patients acupuncture, massage
therapy and nutritional guidance, among other forms of complementary
medicine. In addition, the Center will conduct clinical studies to measure
the safety and efficacy of such treatments.
a fundraiser held last year at Boston's Wang Center, Zakim gave an impassioned
speech about the value such treatments had held for him and his family
during his battle with bone-marrow cancer. "This gives us at least a
sense that we're not just going to lie there and wait for something
to happen to us. Whether we use it during or after treatment, there
will now be a place at Dana-Farber where we as patients can get the
type of assistance necessary to help us through conventional therapy.
This will give us each some of our life back."
weeks after that evening, over 1,800 mourners attended Mr. Zakim's funeral.
Among those in attendance were Senator Edward Kennedy, Senator John
Kerry, and former Labor Secretary, Robert Reich. In addition, religious
leaders from many denominations paid their tribute to Zakim. He was
later recognized by the US Senate for his charity work and tireless
crusade against bigotry and racism. He is also remembered by the Dana-Farber
family as a champion for all patients. Dana-Farber President David G.
Nathan, MD noted, "There is little doubt that at Dana-Farber and in
our communities, Lenny had a real and lasting impact, and we are all
the better for it."
Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrated Therapies is scheduled to open
in late fall, 2000. Dr. David Rosenthal, MD, past President of the American
Cancer Society, has been appointed medical director.
David Eisenberg, MD
Ken Anderson, MD
Michael Lerner, PhD
Peter Churchill, LMT
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