When Marnie was first diagnosed with brain cancer, Jerry and Lanie Rose were determined to learn as much as possible about the disease that was robbing them of their precious daughter. What they found was a surprisingly large number of young adults experiencing brain cancer, a high mortality rate, a compromised existence for those who survived, and a significant lack of funding for research.
No one in Houston was funding brain cancer research when the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation began in 2003. The only people that seemed to care that the prognosis had not changed in 50 years were the horrified, newly diagnosed patients who were told they had no more than 18 months to live. Brilliant neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists had wonderful preliminary ideas but no funding to take their research to the next level.
We have been thrilled to play an important role in bringing about the remarkable advances we have witnessed in just the last 6-7 years. At MD Anderson, 6 clinical trials have resulted directly from our contributions. Funding of cutting-edge research and personalized therapy is enabling many brain tumor patients to live 5-6 years and more without recurrence and with a great quality of life. Support of new drug development brings new treatments more quickly to patients-cutting years off of the wait.
The Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation became the very first in the Greater Houston, Texas, area to hold a fundraising event that would benefit adult brain cancer research at MD Anderson, the largest brain cancer center in the U.S. if not the world.
Every contribution makes a difference. Every $1 that is donated generates an estimated $5-10 of federal funding and grant support. Thus, not only does philanthropic funding help address unmet needs, but given the type of creative research activity it supports, it also can help catalyze new ideas. It is too late for Marnie, but we can work together and make sure the next patient's story has a happier ending.