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01/21/05

Biloxi High Rallies Behind Former Student Battling Cancer

Rose Bui's face fills page after page of Biloxi High's 2001 yearbook. From leading the Key Club to serving on the Homecoming Court, Rose touched just about everyone on campus.

Key Club Sponsor Janey Mattina said "She made this campus a great place to be, and she did everything that she could to make it a place of inclusion, care and a climate of concern, and spirit. I think her mission in life was to help other people".

Her love for others continued in college. In her freshman year at Ole Miss, Rose even cut off her hair to make a wig for cancer patients. Little did she know that three years later, she would lose her own hair to cancer.

Mattina said "She walked into my classroom with a baseball hat on, and took her hat off and meekly showed me her little bald head and said this is it! The students were just struck by her presence".

Now, a lady who has done so much for others is in need of help. Biloxi High is rallying behind Rose, as she undergoes a bone marrow transplant and endless rounds of blood transfusions.

Mattina said "It can be come costly, so we felt that's the best way that we could pitch in, for all that she did for us, that we could do for her as well".

Assistant Principal Gayle Bentz said "We're a school family and I think that's only right that we do that for her".

Her Biloxi High family believes that Rose is a warrior and will overcome this latest obstacle. A quote she wrote in her senior yearbook speaks volumes about her spirit and faith: "In God's grace, gifts and guidance, all things are possible, including the impossible".

The blood drives for Rose Bui will be held at First United Methodist Church in Vancleave on Sunday from 1:00 until 6:00 P.M. Another blood drive is set for Monday at Gulf Coast Medical Center from 1:00 until 5:00 P.M.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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