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Dr. Franklin Rose to give d’var Torah at Emanu El for Shabbat Shuvah


Philanthropist to give d’var Torah at Emanu El for Shabbat Shuvah

As published in the Jewish Herald-Voice Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast’s Jewish Community Newspaper Since 1908 http://jhvonline.com/philanthropist-to-give-dvar-torah-at-emanu-el-for-shabbat-shuvah-p19781-89.htm

Dr. Franklin A. Rose will deliver a special d’var Torah at Shabbat Shuvah services on Friday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Barish Sanctuary at Congregation Emanu El. He is being recognized as a member of the congregation who has given to the community.

A board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rose is passionately involved in the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation, a foundation Rose’s family started. It provides free reconstructive surgery to post-cancer patients who can’t afford health insurance.“My wife’s sister, Holly Harwood Skolkin, was the inspiration for our foundation,” said Rose. “She courageously fought stage IV breast cancer for many years and passed away about two years ago. She would give speeches at some of our various functions and it was very inspirational. She would relate that there are no more frightening words to hear than ‘you have breast cancer.’”

After learning of Holly’s illness and the fact that more than 45 million such Americans are without health insurance, Rose and his wife, Silhouette Artist Cindi Harwood Rose, made it their mission to help those in need.

To date, the organization has performed more than $1 million of charitable surgery to those in need. More recently, the foundation has expanded its mission and currently awards scholarships to students at the University of Houston who have either lost one or two parents to any type of cancer.

“Both Cindi and I feel that this is just a small gesture of giving back to the community in honor of Holly, and it really is a true mitzvah for both of us that we both find a deep sense of gratitude and warmth,” said Rose. “It really is a privilege to be able to help those in need.”

Rose earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado, completed his internship at the University of California, did a residency in general surgery at Yale University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine Hospitals in New York and completed his residency in plastic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

For more information, visit HollyRoseRibbon.org.



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