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Brain and Spine Supports Run for the Rose

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cherylkeenan.jpgBy Cheryl Keenan, advanced practice nurse, Department of Neurosurgery

I have been involved with Run for the Rose since it started 10 years ago.

Dr. Marnie Rose was one of our patients. I met her when she was working in her pediatric residency. She was a brave and courageous physician and patient.

It was during her residency that Marnie found she had a brain tumor.

In 2005, the neurosurgeon I worked for and who helped care for Marnie during her illness was also diagnosed with a brain tumor. My involvement with these two exceptional physicians has driven me to be passionate about the care of brain tumor patients and Run for the Rose.

The Brain and Spine Center team from MD Anderson is out there every year with a booth for patient and family education. We pass out information about our center, which is one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the world.

Financial support from the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation has done so much to help with brain cancer research and improved patient outcomes in the Brain and Spine Center.
It's also heartwarming to see survivors with their families returning to support Run for the Rose.

I hope more people will join us this year on Sunday, March 25, at Reliant Park. Please check the website http://www.runfortherose.com

Watch the Roses' recent appearance on ABC News.

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