The Republic of Tea returned to Houston as Founding Sponsor to the 8th Annual Run for the Rose, benefiting the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation. Minister of South Commerce Lori Long, accompanied by Ambassadors Sylvia Lanz and John Clark were in attendance serving Pomegranate Green Tea to over 4,000 Race participants and their friends and families.
Dr. Marnie Rose was just 27 and in the first year of her pediatric medical residency at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital 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.”
Sadly, Marnie died on August 23, 2002, from complications of her cancer. The compelling story of this young woman, Dr. Marnie Rose, has inspired those who knew her and loved her, as well as those who have come to love her and know her through the foundation that has since then been established in her name.
From Lanie Rose, Marnie’s mother:
Our 8th annual 2010 Run for the Rose had over 4,000 participants and netted over our goal of $440,000. This will bring the total amount of money we have donated to pediatric initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital (where Marnie did her residency) and to brain cancer research at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (where Marnie was treated) to over $2,000,000.
Our funding at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital last year and this year supports collaboration among neurosurgeons and neurologists at Children’s Memorial Hermann, Texas A & M, and M. D. Anderson. This collaboration is studying brain tumors in dogs since they are so similar to brain tumors in children.
Of course, none of this is enough. Marnie never gave up the will to survive. We will not give up the hope for a cure.
For more information on the Run for the Rose and the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation, please visit www.runfortherose.com.