December 5th, 2012
03:01 PM ET

Anti-cancer champion coach beats his own cancer

Editor's Note: In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds.  Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed.  This week we introduce you to Brigham Young University Men's Basketball Coach Dave Rose.   For the past two decades, he has been involved with a group called Coaches vs. Cancer. Being part of this group took on a whole new meaning for Rose over the past three years.  

In June of 2009, my wife and I went on vacation with our children and grandchildren to Disneyland.  At that time, I was very intense about my job, so my wife will say she had to drag me away from my team and coaching.  I'm so glad she did.  We had a wonderful time.  It was the perfect vacation with my whole family.

After Disneyland, things for me took a turn.  I became very sick on a flight from California to Las Vegas, and when we landed I was taken by ambulance to Spring Valley Hospital.  A CT scan showed there was a mass in my abdomen, so the doctors went in and removed it along with my spleen and part of my pancreas.  The next day they told us it was pancreatic cancer. FULL POST

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