Frosts' gift through estate helps ensure bright future for cancer patients
San Antonio natives, Pat Frost, and his wife, Kelley, are loyal to and fond of their hometown and its citizens. That’s why in 1999, they made a commitment to help secure a healthy future with the best patient care for San Antonians, especially those who suffer from cancer – one of South Texas’ and the nation’s leading causes of death.
The Frosts said they wanted to ensure the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio would thrive in their city for future generations and was one of the reasons the couple decided to make a gift through their estate to support the CTRC.
“It was just another way for us to take care of our own future and personal financial goals and at the same time provide continued support to the CTRC and the many patients it serves,” Pat Frost said. “It’s never too early to begin planning for your future.”
Pat Frost, 54, is the great, great grandson of Col. T.C. “Tom” Frost who founded Frost Bank in San Antonio in 1868. “We’ve been proud to serve as the official bank of the CTRC since 1974,” Pat Frost said. “So I’ve been aware of the CTRC’s positive impact on cancer health care and research in our city for a many years. Kelley and I wanted to become more involved in the CTRC because we saw how good it was and how great it could become for the future of our city.”
Pat Frost joined the Frost family banking business in 1984, and in 1993 was promoted to bank president.
In 1999 he and his wife were asked to serve on the Board of Governors for the CTRC, and they enthusiastically agreed. Why?
“We are blessed to have the CTRC, one of the premier centers in the world for cancer research and care, right here in San Antonio,” Pat Frost said. “When San Antonians are stricken with cancer, they can come to the CTRC for excellent care instead of having to travel to places like Houston or Dallas or outside of Texas.”
Pat Frost now chairs the CTRC Board of Governors, which is a group of individuals from San Antonio and South Texas who devote their time, talent and resources to promote the mission of the CTRC through philanthropy, community outreach, education and public relations. They serve as CTRC community ambassadors.
The CTRC has the preeminent National Cancer Institute designation and is one of only four such centers in Texas.
“That speaks volumes about the CTRC’s and the UT Health Science Center’s outstanding leadership and their reputation,” Pat Frost said. “We realized that an estate plan to the CTRC can make a difference in both our own family members’ lives, in so many friends’ and patients’ lives and in their family’s lives as well. This effect is the legacy we hope our gift will accomplish and we hope it will encourage others to make the same kind of gift.”