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September 10, 2012
Ralph Barrera photo

In this Aug. 30, 2012 photo, Brian Rose, 34, poses for photos in Austin, Texas. The suburban Austin resident diagnosed with stage 4 melanomarecently 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.