Alan Rosenthal Research Fund at MSKCC
About Alan Rosenthal
Alan Rosenthal left an indelible influence on those who knew him. He was a remarkable human being; kind, generous and much more comfortable giving than receiving. He was truly funny--he possessed a great, sharp and dry sense of humor and was a keen observer of life around him. He was the most loving partner, brother, son and friend.
Alan never let his illness define his existence. He was without self-pity; his attitude was not “why me?” but rather “why not me if not me, then who?” Throughout the years of his illness he embraced life fully, learning and loving to sail, dog-sledding, rock climbing. He fell in love and married and started a family. He was keenly aware of how precarious life is and his motto was to “sweat the small stuff,” since the big issues are often beyond one’s control, as in his case, they were.
Alan’s integrity, dignity, strength, courage, and love of life are an inspiration to us all. His great desire was to be of help to others. This fund has become part of Alan’s legacy.
About the Alan Rosenthal Research Fund
The Alan Rosenthal Research Fund in Hemangiopericytoma was established in May 2008 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center under the direction of Dr. Mary Louise Keohan. Until now no research fund has been in existence for this very rare disease. The fund will support clinical trials and help underwrite path breaking research in hemangiopericytoma and will be especially helpful to the Cancer Centers investigators who need early funding for projects that could later be eligible for support from government agencies such as the National Institute of Health.