Our Mission

"Finish the fight " has become the identity of the Robert E. Reed Foundation. When our boys were very young, Robert told them on several occasions that they should " never start a fight" but if they should find themselves in a fight to " finish the fight ". It is a very personal mantra for our family. With the help of Dr. Martin Heslin, Robert fought a good fight and " Marty " gave him another two years with us. The survival rate has increased and I am hearing about wonderful success stories. My husband knew about our plans to establish the foundation and he, in fact, made the first contribution. To hear Marty speak of the world class doctors whom he has been able to hire and the research that is making a significant difference, is thrilling. To have Marty and his team in Birmingham, Alabama is one of the reasons that UAB is always among the top medical centers in various rankings. Our goal initially was to raise one million dollars for Marty's research lab. The foundation has exceeded that goal and is contributing to not only research, but to the interdisciplinary effort. Our city and state is so fortunate to have this level of expertise right here.