A Message from the Director of Alumni Affairs

The following is a message to alumni from Fred Robinette, senior director of alumni development, that was published in the winter 2013 issue of Catalyst, Wake Forest Baptist’s alumni magazine. Fred died of pancreatic and liver cancer in January 2014.

Here's to My Team 

Early in 2013, I got the most crushing news I have ever received in my life: I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which had also affected my liver. 

When you hear that kind of news, one of the most comforting things is to know that there is a team in your corner. I sincerely hope that anyone in a situation like mine would have a faith to sustain them, but beyond that, I know I could not have gotten through these past several months without such professional, caring, sensitive support from the people around me. 

Here at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, I have what I call my "triple-A team"-Angela Alistar, MD, assistant professor of hematology and oncology; Amy Cameron, PA-C; and Amy Neal, BS, RN. From the start, they have been amazing. We're ranked 12th nationally in cancer care for a reason. Our Cancer Center staff is as kind and as considerate as you can imagine. They have become like family to me. 

There's also the team in our Development and Alumni Affairs office. I have received notes, cards, letters, emails, flowers-every kind of support from a team of people who truly care for one another. I've worked at places where this would not have happened. I never imagined or expected this! 

Then there is my family-two daughters, two sons-in-law, three grandchildren and foremost, a spouse who has always said we're going to get through this, day by day. My family has always been a rock of support for me. 

I see people at the Cancer Center who are much older and much younger than I am, and I see some people who have no one with them. I want to say how much I appreciate all of the support I receive, and how much I love this place and what amazing work they are doing for people who are much sicker than I am. 

I came to work at Wake Forest Baptist a little over three years ago, not knowing a soul except for Norm Potter, our vice president of development and alumni affairs. I have since fallen in love with the mission of this medical center-a mission to care, a mission to cure. 

It's a pleasure to be at a place with this mission and philanthropic goals. This place provides the best in patient care, hope and healing. 

Who would not want to be on that kind of team?


Fred Robinette
Senior Director of Alumni Development

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