is 75 years old and lives in Boksburg, South Africa. He previously worked in field of procurement management but is now retired. Basil was diagnosed with CML in 2003 and he is thankfully in remission.
Basil is the co-founder of a CML patients support group on Facebook for people living with CML on treatment-free remission (TFR), the “CML Patients in TFR”
He also belongs to a local Cancer Support Group, with many cancer survivors.
The logic behind the initiative is to provide a private platform so that CML patients who are in TFR or starting on a trial, whether individual or in groups, can exchange their trials and tribulations while being off their TKI treatment.
He is actually wearing a gold pennant around his neck to remind him each day of how blessed he has been on his own TFR journey. This simple action motivates him.