MAYWOOD, Il. -- Dr. Patrick Stiff, director of Loyola University Medical Center's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, has been named to The One Hundred, a prestigious list of individuals and groups that have advanced the fight against cancer.
The list is compiled by Massachusetts General Hospital, which will honor Stiff and other One Hundred members at a June 7 fundraiser.
Stiff was nominated to The One Hundred by Dana Shank, the daughter of one of Stiff's patients.
Shank wrote that her father needed a stem cell transplant. When no family matches were found, Stiff's team and a blood bank were able to match her father with stem cells from umbilical cord blood that had been donated by a German family.
"Dr. Stiff led my father's transplant procedure, and gave him the strength, optimism and courage to fight on," Shank wrote. "Because of this transplant, my father was able to see his first-born grandson play his first game of T-ball. While ultimately the leukemia returned, my father had two additional years to spend with his wife and our family. I am deeply thankful for doctors like Dr. Stiff who break medical ground and enable the cures and treatments that give us more time with our loved ones."
Loyola's Bone Marrow Transplantation Program is the largest transplant program in Illinois, and has performed more than 3,000 transplants. Loyola is a participating transplant, apheresis and collection center in the National Marrow Donor Program network.