Proceeds to Benefit
The Make-A-Wish Foundation
4th Annual Kate Rose Classic
October 6 and 7, 2018
Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness
Gold = Childhood Cancer
Grey = Brain Cancer
Kate's Hawaiian Adventure
A Message from the Miguel Family
On June 7, 2015, the Kate Rose Classic was established to help aid Kate with her fight against cancer. This year, the proceeds from the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, renamed the Kate Rose Memorial Classic, will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The first three tournaments were extremely successful thanks to the all of the participants, volunteers, sponsors, and the tremendous support from the community. We are looking forward to sharing another weekend with our friends, playing the game we love, while celebrating the life and legacy of Kate Rose Miguel.
We would like to acknowledge the people that were so important in helping Kate throughout her three year battle with cancer, especially the Kaiser Permanente Oncology Department, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Susan Storch, Father Bill Bolton, Sacred Heart Church, St. Bonaventure High School, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Airlines, Disney's Aulani Resort, The Teddy Bear Foundation, the nurses of Livingston Hospice, Ventura County Star, and all of the family and friends that meant so much to Kate.
The Miguel Family
Kate Rose Miguel, an inspiration
On July 22, 2014, our beloved Kate Rose Miguel was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a type of childhood brain cancer. Upon receiving her diagnosis in 2014, Kate immediately underwent surgery to remove the malignant tumor. Following her surgery Kate underwent intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment until September 8, 2015. Throughout this process Kate lost most of her motor skills and speech. Kate spent September 2015 through August 2016 participating in a specialized Neuro- Physical/Occupational therapy program in Ontario, CA to regain her basic motor and oral skills, where she made leaps and bounds on her road to recovery. She was able to begin her first year of high school via homeschooling.
In August 2016, the cancer returned and now Kate had two tumors in her brain. Kate and her family were informed that surgery to remove the brain tumors would not be an option this time. As a last resort, Kate and her family agreed to undergo a research trial, where Kate underwent a stem cell transplant in order to create a possible vaccine to eliminate the tumors. On December 13, 2016, Kate began her trial and underwent her first round of intensive chemotherapy. Unfortunately, Kate had a negative reaction and chemo-induced seizures left Kate in an unresponsive coma for 17 days. Kate pulled through and completed the remaining rounds of chemotherapy.
In May 2017 Kate was transferred to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles where she received her vaccine and participated in physical and occupational therapy. Kate relearned all her basic functions such as eating, walking, and communicating. On June 30, 2017, she returned to her family's home in Ventura to continue her recovery with the hope that the treatments from the research trial would work.
Ultimately, the treatment proved to be unsuccessful for Kate. Surrounded by her family at her home in Ventura, Kate passed away on September 26, 2017. Kate spent three years battling cancer with the power of a warrior and the inspiring grace of an angel. Despite the numerous setbacks and challenges that she faced along the way, Kate never lost her indomitable willpower nor her faith in God.
When Kate and her family were informed that the treatments were not working and that it would only be a matter of time, they were contacted by the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Kate's wish was to travel with her family to Hawaii. With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and American Airlines, Kate's wish was made possible. In August 2017 they traveled to the Disney Aulani Resort where Kate, along with her parents, brothers, and sister, spent 7 days sightseeing, hung out at the beach, enjoyed the lazy river, visited the North Shore, and attended a Luau. The joy that this trip brought to Kate in her final months is the reason the Miguel family has selected the Make-A-Wish Foundation as the recipient of the proceeds from the 2018 Kate Rose Memorial Classic. They want to help other families in similar situations to experience the types memories that they will always cherish with their beloved Kate Rose.