If John McCook is the unofficial patriarch of The Bold and the Beautiful, then his wife, Laurette McCook, who starred in Battlestar Galactica, is the caring aunt. That’s because Laurette is sharing a story about one of B&B’s Most Valuable Players — Eva Basler, the show’s Vice President, Communications & Talent Relations.
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“For my birthday,” Laurette began an Instagram post, “my dearest wish is that you donate to our friend Eva.” On a GoFundMe page that Laurette set up for Basler, she writes, “Who doesn’t love Eva? John and I are passionate about this Go Fund Me for our friend. Mostly on her own, Eva has raised and supported four beautiful children who bring her great joy. She is putting 2 of them through college right now. Medical bills are piling up, and doctors say there is a long road ahead. She is a warrior but definitely needs our help!
“In early March, Eva had pain in her back and chest,” Laurette continued. “After a CT scan, she was told she had a large tumor behind her heart (aorta) that was ‘likely cancer.’ She had her first of 3 bronchoscopies, and with each one, her body weakened from the inflammation it produced. The tumor was in one lung and protruded well into her windpipe, and her slightest movement made it nearly impossible to take in air. She was functioning on one lung. She waited at home with a tentative start date for chemo and immunotherapy, and within 10 days, it was nearly impossible to get [up] and down the stairs, and she quickly developed a fever.
“It’s important to note that during this insanely stressful time, Eva was determined to keep working from home for the job and people she adores at CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful…” B&B, in fact, named Kelly Kruger’s character on the show — Eva — after their VP, Communications & Talent Relations.
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“Eva was finally cleared for the clinical trial last week and went to the hospital to begin treatment,” Laurette McCook adds. “The same day they discovered she had a collapsed lung from the needle biopsy, and her oxygen levels had dropped dangerously low, which meant the clinical trial was out. Eva insisted they go ahead with the chemo, but her dangerously low oxygen level would not let that happen. May 6th, she was moved to the ICU for treatment and to diagnose why she kept getting winded at the slightest movement.
“Her condition is changing as I write this, and although she is still critical, there are definite signs of improvement,” Laurette McCook writes. “Eva’s kids are asking for all your thoughts and prayers. Radiation and chemo is the next step, and with continued improvement getting her off the ventilator.” Soap Hub joins Basler’s family, friends, and B&B pals in wishing her a speedy recovery as she conquers this health challenge.