Dr. Burton Appel remembers when he wrote a college letter of recommendation for a patient. Not an uncommon request for most physicians. But this one is particularly noteworthy for Dr. Appel.
When the now college sophomore was three years old, Dr. Appel treated him for leukemia. The boy, Peter Bernhard, 19, of Waldwick, has been in remission for years and is considered cured of the disease.
“It is such a pleasure to see him grow and develop into the young man he is,” said Dr. Appel, attending physician in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (Children’s Cancer Institute), Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack.