Fighting for Young Cancer Patients

By Paul Kent, MD

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Illinois graciously nominated me for the 2011 Man and Woman of the Year. I accepted with the understanding that we would be going for “Team of the Year.” The winner will be announced today at the grand finale.

I am a 47-year-old father of four (ages 7, 7, 6 and 3), happily married to Rush pediatrician Margaret Scotellaro. I have been a pediatric oncologist fo 13 years, and at Rush University Medical Center since 2004.

Our team is called “Tougher than Cancer,” from a T-shirt worn by little Josephina Singh (who also had a T-shirt that said “My Oncologist can Beat up Your Oncologist” – which was not quite as good a team name!). Continue reading