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Run to Honor Memory of Houston Medical's Dr. Marnie Rose

Run to Honor Memory of Houston Medical's Dr. Marnie Rose
Run for the Rose to benefit M. D. Anderson's brain tumor research, Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital
M. D. Anderson News Release 02/19/03

On what would have been her 29th birthday, friends and family of "Houston Medical" star Marnie Rose, M.D., announced today (Feb. 19) their plans to honor her legacy with a 5K run, Run for the Rose.

To be held in the Texas Medical Center on Sunday, May 18, at 7:30 a.m., the run will benefit brain tumor research at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center as well as pediatric initiatives at Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital.

"We wanted to honor Marnie's spirit, courage and strength with an event that would benefit two causes that touched her life so personally – cancer and children," says Myles Rose, Marnie's twin. "My sister chose to fight cancer with the nation watching. In doing so, she put a 'face' to brain cancer and offered strength and optimism to many who were ill.  With the Run for the Rose, we hope to continue Marnie's legacy."

Rose was 27 and in her first year of her pediatric medical residency when she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.  Despite her diagnosis, she agreed to share all – her cancer journey, personal life and professional duties as a medical resident – with a TV crew from the ABC reality series "Houston Medical."

The critically acclaimed hospital series followed the lives of doctors, nurses, other health care professionals and patients at Memorial Hermann Hospital.  "Houston Medical" aired nationally on the ABC Network for six weeks of summer 2002.

In the show's debut episode, Rose stunned viewers by pulling off her wig, revealing that she was both a doctor and a patient. Throughout the run of "Houston Medical," viewers were awed by her determination to keep working despite her illness, candor about her disease, and positive attitude in the face of adversity.

Rose died on Aug. 23, 2002, from complications due to her cancer, just five weeks after the show's final episode aired.

"Brain cancer robbed our daughter of her career, her mobility and then her life, but it never diminished her sense of humor, her spirit or her will to survive," says Lanie Rose, Marnie's mother.  "She would never want us to give up on searching for a cure or to forget the children she personally cared for. We are determined to continue the wonderful work she began."

According to the American Cancer Society, 17,000 men and women were diagnosed with a form of brain cancer in 2002, and more than 13,000 individuals died of their disease.

The Run for the Rose is a sanctioned 5K race/walk for adults; other race-day activities include a 1K family walk and a post-race party for all participants.

Medals will be awarded to male and female 5K participants who finish first overall. First through third place male and female finishers in specific-age categories will also be recognized.

Early registration for the Run for the Rose is $20 per adult and $12 for children ages 12 and under. Entry forms are available by calling race headquarters at (713) 993-9288 and by logging on to the Run for the Rose website.  All entrants will receive a commemorative race T-shirt.

For more information about brain tumor research at M. D. Anderson, visit the institution’s brain cancer webpage. To learn more about the work at Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital visit its website


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