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An Attorney's Biggest Case

In December 2006, Michael S. Krzak, a Chicago accident and aviation law attorney at Clifford Law Offices, had an alarming realization while he was feeding his 5 1/2 week year old daughter. He noticed a discolored hue in her eye. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin retold Krzak's amazing story. The Bulletin said when Michael saw his daughter Emma's eye, there was more than an observation: "He knew that look...from a case he'd tried a few years prior. A girl died of retinoblastoma after doctors mishandled her surgery; Michael represented the girl's parents." Emma was diagnosed with retinoblastoma and underwent chemotherapy for six months to help treat the cancerous tumor. According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, after Emma's tumor started growing again, she was treated with laser surgery, which caused the tumor to shrink, but then grow again. "There were two options. The first was to remove the eye." The second option was enlisting help from a doctor they had heard of in New York named Dr. David Abramson, "an expert on retinoblastoma who was experimenting with a new form of treatment called intra-arterial chemotherapy."  Desperate for a miracle, Michael emailed Dr. Abramson.  That same evening the family flew to New York City where for the next 6 weeks, Emma had major surgical procedures, receiving intra-arterial chemotherapy. It worked. Today, Emma is cancer free. With all that the family has been through, they have learned that dreams do become a reality. They have also learned that funding for rare cancer research is highly limited, and sadly, not every story ends in a happy ending. This attorney's biggest case is to help fund this rare research to help more families. The Krzak's have made it their goal to do all that they can to find funding for rare cancer research.  They are dedicated to help raising money for cancer research through the help of an annual cycling event held by Cycle for Survival, an organization that dedicates raising money for rare cancer research. This year's Chicago Cycle for Survival event will be held Feb. 8 and 9 at Equinox Fitness, 200 W. Monroe St... For more information about Cycle for Survival or to learn how to support Emma's cause, please visit:

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