Robert C. Bast, Jr., M.D., from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, first met my Dad when he was working at Duke Cancer Center. He was one of the many outstanding oncologists that took care of my entire family. My Dad asked him to be a part of the team that he was assembling to continue his work long after he was gone. Dr. Bast has been a leader on The V Foundation's Scientific Review Committee for 25 years ensuring the best and the brightest receive funding.
In 2005, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer he was one of the doctors that helped me navigate the multitude of decisions facing any cancer patient. His beautiful wife would mail me letters of encouragement throughout my treatment. When I felt the fear overwhelm me, his constant reassurances kept me moving forward.