An American of Greek descent, Anastasia Troubalos greatly valued her family, education and Hellenic heritage. Her commitment to Massachusetts General Hospital came only later, inspired by the exceptional and compassionate care she received at the Mass General Cancer Center.
Anastasia chose to demonstrate her commitment through a meaningful bequest.
Anastasia chose to demonstrate her commitment through a meaningful bequest that’s now supporting the Mass General Cancer Center’s top-priority efforts to detect cancer sooner and develop new targeted therapies and immunotherapies.
Raised in southern New England, Anastasia settled in the mid-1980s with her mother and father in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where they could all be near the ocean. As her parents got older, Anastasia took extraordinary care of them, commuting daily from home into Boston for her job at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
Perseverance, Patience and Kindness
One day in 2012, Anastasia collapsed at the train station and was rushed to Mass General. Doctors quickly discovered the tumors that suggested a rare form of abdominal cancer. Only 59 years old, Anastasia had no prior relationship with the hospital but decided to stay and pursue treatment because of its excellent reputation.
Family members say Anastasia battled her illness over the next year with perseverance, a quality she inherited from her father, a renowned eye surgeon and World War II-era Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. And as she had her entire life, Anastasia embodied the patience and kindness she learned from her mother.
Until she passed away in 2013, relatives would visit Anastasia during her months-long treatment and frequent hospitalizations on the 10th floor of the Lunder Building. “The care she received was top notch,” says Peter Klapes, a cousin.
Compassion that Resonated
The Mass General Cancer Center’s mission to provide exceptional, personalized cancer care made an impression on Anastasia, her family recalls. The compassion her caregivers practiced truly resonated with her.
She designed her unrestricted bequest to benefit as many future cancer patients as possible.
In response, Anastasia chose to remember Mass General Cancer Center in her charitable plans. She designed her unrestricted bequest to benefit as many future cancer patients as possible.
Today, that means more resources for the development of early detection technologies and novel therapies at a time when discoveries in the lab are having nearly real-time impact at the bedside. These and other priorities of the Mass General Cancer Center are furthered thanks to Anastasia.
“Those of us who knew her well, appreciate Anastasia’s great courage, patience, compassion and generous nature, which was not only exhibited during her final months, but also throughout her entire lifetime,” says a family member. “We also learned from her that a person’s actions and attributes can have a positive and long lasting impact on many others well beyond one’s lifetime.”
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