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The one hundred honoree: Robert C. Lufkin, DO

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The one hundred honoree: Robert C. Lufkin, DO

Mass General Giving

Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS), a rare disorder caused by mutated genes, often appears in young children and can cause multiple types of cancer as patients grow up, including adrenocortical cancer, brain tumors, soft tissue sarcomas, osteosarcomas, breast cancer and leukemia. Needless to say, life with LFS is daunting for patients and their families, especially with the lack of awareness surrounding this serious condition. Robert Lufkin, DO, is an incredible advocate for LFS research, bringing the disease to the forefront and ensuring brighter futures for those who face it every day.

As the co-founder and medical director of the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association (LFSA), founded in 2010, Dr. Lufkin ensures that LFS patients and families can access vital information, resources and support services. By partnering with caregivers, medical professionals and physician-scientists, Dr. Lufkin and the LFSA help to ensure the highest quality of care for the LFS community, drawing attention, funding and innovation to the needs of this complex disease.