Season's Over, But Battle Continues

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Wichita Wingnuts competed for the league championship last week but came up unsuccessful Friday night. But while the team is done playing, the battle continues for one member.

Wichita Wingnuts Bench Coach Brian Rose, has been battling cancer for two and a half years. He's leaned on his baseball experience to help him cope with the cancer.

Brian Rose has been competing on the baseball field for his whole life, but two and a half years ago, he began a new battle.

"Went to see a dermatologist and they performed a shape biopsy and the next day I got the phone call from the doctor that said you know that we needed to have a serious conversation and it was malignant melanoma," Rose said.

The diagnosis was stage 4 skin cancer.

"Nobody likes the word cancer, there's a stigma associated with that cancer, you know that I think most people go instantly to you know death and dying and fear," Rose said.

But Brian turned to positivity. He immediately began researching and learning about the disease and how to treat it.

"I've been through just about anything and everything treatment wise that you could imagine," Rose said.

Brian underwent four rounds of chemotherapy, radiation treatments, targeted therapy and clinical trials but all were unsuccessful.

"You just can't worry about that, you can't. You can't think about the failure, because in my opinion, your attitude and what's going on here is just as important as you know these drugs and these treatments," Rose said.

But it's not just a positive attitude that's helped Brian deal with his diagnosis.

"I've learned a lot about how to fight cancer from baseball," Rose said.

He just wrapped up his third season as the bench coach for the Wichita Wingnuts. The time with the team makes him think less about his time in the hospital.

"Baseball is priceless to me, it's really and truly. Those three hours, or however long these games take, I rarely think about cancer, you know, when I'm out on the field and around the guys and in that environment," Rose said.

A new chapter of Brians fight continues on Sept. 23. He is beginning a new clinical trail that he hopes will deliver cancer, the final strike.

"I mean, I'm still living. I'm still here and every day is a gift. Don't take a day for granted," Rose said.

To help cover the cost of treatment, Brians' family has established a trust account on his website, there's a link posted below. You can follow Brian's progress on that site as well.

There is also an upcoming fundraiser created to help Brian. It takes place Thursday at the La Quinta Inn at 7335 E. Kellogg. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and bidding starts at 7 pm. More information is available on the link below.

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