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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Power Players
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Healing Hands

                                                                                                                                                    Doctor Doctor
                                                                                                                                                    A stellar team of physicians are providing hope for
                                                                                                                                                    tumor patients.
                                                                                                                                                     WHEN YOU ARE STRUCK with a sudden illness, you want the very
                                                                                                                                                     best care possible. At the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, that is exactly
                                                                                                                                                     what you get.
                                                                                                                                                        Award-winning cancer specialist Dr. Steven Rosen has been director of the
                                                                                                                                                     Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
                                                                                                                                                     since 1989. Listed as one of Chicago’s Top Doctors and America’s Top
                                                                                                                                                     Doctors, Dr. Rosen was the natural choice to treat Chicago’s first lady, Maggie
                                                                                                                                                     Daley, when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2002.
                                                                                                                                                        Last year Rosen and the Lurie Cancer Center, along with Feinberg School of
                                                                                                                                                     Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, created the groundbreaking
                                                                                                                                                     Brain Tumor Institute, with codirectors Jeffrey Raizer and James Chandler lead-
                                                                                                                                                     ing teams of faculty clinicians and scientists focused on identifying and treating
                                                                                                                                                     brain cancers early, determining factors that contribute to their development,
                                                                                                                                                     researching new therapies and drugs and developing new treatments.
                                                                                                                                                        “Creation of the Brain Tumor Institute firmly establishes Northwestern as a pre-
                                                                                                                                                     eminent resource in efforts to help us improve care for patients,” says Dr. Chandler,
                                                                                                                                                     who is also Northwestern Memorial’s surgical director of neuro-oncology.
                                                                                                                                                        Doctors at the center are working toward treatments to enhance and pro-
                                                                                                                                                     long the lives of tumor patients like Anna Moukhina, a 32-year-old woman
                                                                                                                                                     who died this spring of glioblastoma, the most common malignant brain
                                                                                                                                                     tumor, two days after her hospital-bedside wedding ceremony.
                                                                                                                                                        “Currently less than one-third of adults survive five years after being
                                                                                                                                                     diagnosed with a primary brain tumor,” says Dr. Raizer, director of medi-
                                                                     Dr. Steven Rosen                                                                cal neuro-oncology at Northwestern Memorial. “Our mission is to improve
                                                                                                                                                     patient survival.”—KAREN ROSE

                                                                 Heaven                                                     If you were just a guy strolling down North State
                                                                                                                         Parkway, you may have found your spirit lifted by
                                                                                                                         his extended hand of friendship. That’s how I met

                                                                 Bryant Keil tells us how
                                                                                                                         Velo many years ago. But while being a friend of
                                                                                                                         Monsignor Velo’s is hardly unique, the friendship he
                                                                                                                         offers is. “I’m a firm believer that kindness changes
                                                                                                                         everything,” says Velo. “It’s the way you do things,
                                                                 Monsignor Kenneth Velo leads                            not what you’re doing.”
                                                                 through kind example.                                      Born and raised in the Chicago area, the
                                                                                                                         Reverend Monsignor Kenneth Velo was ordained
                                                                 IF YOU WERE EVER a widow at Rosemont’s                  in 1973. By 1994 he was named president of the
                                                                 Our Lady of Hope parish, you may have been              Catholic Church Extension Society and in 1996

                                                                 touched by the healing words of Monsignor Velo. If      was named Prelate of Honor of His Holiness with
                                                                 you were a kid growing up in public housing, your       the title of Monsignor. He has been the senior
                                                                 dreams of attending college may have been realized      executive for Catholic Collaboration of DePaul
                                                                 through the leadership of Monsignor Velo. Or if you     University since 2001. In 2003 Monsignor Velo
                                                                 were simply suffering from a crisis of conscience,      was named president of The Big Shoulders Fund,
                                                                 loss of a job or a plain old lousy day, you may have    an organization dedicated to supporting the
                                                                 found your spirits lifted by Monsignor Velo. He         “neediest areas of inner-city Chicago.”
                                                                 has baptized countless children, performed scores          It’s no small wonder he’s earned almost celebrity-
                                                                 of weddings and presided over too many funerals.        level recognition—he’s certainly done far more to
                                                                 He adheres to a dictum told to him by a fellow priest   deserve it than most celebrities. At a time when it
                                                                 long ago: Never add to the grief of a funeral and       seems most news is bad news, it’s of great comfort to
                                                                 never take away the joy of a wedding.                   have a man like him in this city.

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