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Mike Rose - Making a Journey to Help a Friend


“So what did you do to change someone’s life today?”

That’s what Mike Rose’s mother would ask him and his sister every night at dinner as they were growing up. It didn’t matter if the answer were big (“I gave my lunch money to charity”) or small (“I high-fived someone on the playground”). The point was to do something that would improve someone’s world.

That ethic has carried into Mike’s adult life. As a student in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, he’s set his career goals on helping others using his interest in science and medicine. After graduation, he hopes to go into hospital pharmacy.

The other big way he’s helped another person happened in the summer of 2011. Mike biked across the country to raise money in name of his friend Luke Capistran, who, at age 15, was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocyntoma.

From Manchester State Park, California (Mike is from Manchester, New Hampshire) to Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, Mike biked approximately 4,000 miles and raised $30,000 for the Luke Capistran Fund. The gift will be used for medical expenses and a gift in Luke’s name at Boston Children’s Hospital to help other children fighting cancer.

For Mike, enduring a six-week ordeal that included wrong turns, long days, and a pulled hamstring in Tahoe simply to help out his friend’s family made perfect sense. “I would have done anything to help. Biking is what I knew.”