Eight Utah sports figures who are true heroes
Rose has taken the BYU basketball program to lofty heights since taking the reins from former coach Steve Cleveland in 2005. Rose has led the Cougars to seven consecutive 20-plus winning seasons and six straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He was honored as the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year three times before the program moved to the West Coast Conference.
Rose began feeling so lightheaded on a flight from California to Las Vegas in June 2009 that he couldn't sit up. Paramedics took him off the plane and straight to the hospital, where doctors removed a large cancerous tumor that had spread to his spleen from his pancreas. Rose returned to coaching later that year and his periodic checkups show he remains cancer free.
In the spring of 2010, Rose was named a member of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council. The council assists Coaches vs. Cancer in its efforts to raise awareness and funding. Rose joined a prestigious roster of coaches on the council, including Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Roy Williams (North Carolina), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) and Mike Brey (Notre Dame).
In 2012, Cheryl Rose was named to the committee that organizes the annual Fight Cancer in Style Luncheon, an event held at the Final Four to give coaches’ wives the opportunity to learn more about getting involved in the fight against cancer at their schools and in their communities.
Rose was the first coach in Utah to participate in the American Cancer Society’s nationwide Coaches vs. Cancer campaign when he was the head coach at Dixie State (1990-97). Dave and Cheryl Rose and the BYU basketball team have assisted the efforts of the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation for more than a decade. In 2008, Rose received the NABC Game Pillar Award for Service and in 2010 he lobbied before Congress for increased funding for cancer research.
The Roses have plans to build a Hope Lodge, the 32nd in the nation, in Salt Lake City. Hope Lodges are run by the American Cancer Society and offer cancer patients and their caregivers a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city.
Visit hopelodgeutah.org to find out how you can support the efforts of the American Cancer Society and bring a Hope Lodge to Salt Lake City.
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