Michael Howard Rosenberg lost his battle with brain cancer more than a year ago, but his legacy lives on, thanks to Florida State Senator Eleanor Sobel and his parents, Hollywood residents Leslie and Jordan Rosenberg.
Earlier this year, the trio honored Michael’s memory with their efforts on behalf of Senate Resolution 1616, which officially named May “Brain Tumor Awareness Month in Florida.” The designation is important to raise awareness of the disease and the need to support research that could lead to a cure. “SR 1616 sought to honor the legacy of a true fighter, Michael Howard Rosenberg,” said Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood). “Cancer impacts each of our lives and we need to continue Michael’s battle to find the cure.”
More than 700,000 people in the United States are currently living with a brain tumor and 70,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. After receiving his own diagnosis, Rosenberg, then 22, worked tirelessly to raise awareness and money to support brain cancer research, inspiring countless people along the way. “While our son’s cancer journey ultimately had a heartbreaking ending, we remain grateful for the compassionate care Michael received from an amazing team of medical professionals at Memorial Healthcare System,” said Jordan Rosenberg. “Drs. Atif Hussein, Linda Sternau, and Bruce Braffman, along with a team of neurologists, nurses, technologists, and therapists were critical parts of the ‘village’ that helped sustain our family.”
Michael Rosenberg was initially diagnosed with a low-grade oligodendroglioma tumor, undergoing several surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation to try and stop the progression of the disease. He was a graduate of Stranahan High School’s medical magnet program, the University of Florida, and Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Biomedical Sciences program, and was a first-year student at NSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine at the time of his passing.
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