As a minor league baseball coach, Brian Rose always has been a competitor and tries to imbue his players with the same fire.
Now, the bench coach of the Wichita (Kan.) Wingnuts of the independent American Association is fighting for his life, diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma.
The suburban Austin resident recently won a battle to pay for his participation in a clinical trial, but it wouldn't have happened if not for the help of a pair of foundations and an Austin businessman.
The Austin American-Statesman reports Rose, who lacked medical insurance, got help from the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Cancer Navigation Center and the Patient Advocate Foundation. Then Austin businessman and philanthropist Milton Verret pledged $35,000 and issued a community challenge to raise the rest.
''It was absolutely unbelievable,'' Rose told the newspaper. ''You hear these stories in the news where somebody steps up to help, but that's just another world to me....