To celebrate the life of Phyllis Seresky, her family has made a gift that will impact the treatments and care available to future cancer patients.

From the medical oncologists to the oncology nurses and therapists, caregivers on the ninth floor of the Lunder Building at Massachusetts General Hospital routinely provide integrated and highly individualized care to their patients stricken with cancer. While that means team members get to know those for whom they care, sometimes there’s a deeper, personal connection with a patient and a loving family.

Phyllis Seresky was one of those patients who made a lasting impression on the medical oncology unit through the final months of her life in 2014.

Phyllis Seresky was one of those patients who made a lasting impression on the medical oncology unit through the final months of her life in 2014. Today, her name and memory are preserved in the busy Lunder 9 conference room that hosts clinical rounds and teaching sessions each day. Now named the Phyllis R. Seresky Conference Room, this space was dedicated on May 18, 2015, in an emotional ceremony to celebrate the life of Mrs. Seresky.

For 59 years, Mrs. Seresky was the loving wife of Clifford Seresky and she raised three children (Rhonda, Peter and Nancy) in Canton, Massachusetts. Among several civic and community engagements, Mrs. Seresky was active with the Canton Garden Club and a founding member of the Temple Beth Abraham.

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This spring, dozens of family and friends joined MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, Isaac Schiff, MD, Lidia Schapira, MD, and Nursing Director Barbara Cashavelly, RN, MSN, NE-BC at the dedication event. Mr. Seresky cut the ceremonial ribbon and presented a gift to support lymphoma research and educational opportunities under the direction of Ephraim Hochberg, MD, clinical director of the inpatient medical oncology service.

This philanthropic commitment in her honor to support the Center for Lymphoma and advance research efforts in the field will make a lasting difference.

Like others on the unit, Dr. Hochberg recalled Mrs. Seresky’s poise and grace throughout her courageous battle with lymphoma. “Phyllis was a remarkable individual,” said Dr. 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, he added. “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.”

“The Seresky family’s philanthropy and shared vision plays a key role in the Mass General Cancer Center’s ability to provide world-class care to our lymphoma patients,” Dr. Hochberg continued. “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.”