It is with great sadness that we inform you Dr. Wes Rose, an active ALS Board Member and advocate, passed away from ALS, on January 3rd.
Wes lived with ALS for over 12 years and he filled every day with purpose, love, and positivity. When he was diagnosed, his wife Kelly told him, “If you are strong, our boys will learn strength from you.” From their father, Nathan and Aidan learned strength, compassion, and how to make a positive difference in the world.
In 2007, Wes said, “I realized that the last thing I ever wanted was to regret wasting any time. I may not beat ALS, but I certainly won’t let it beat me.” Wes, an Associate Professor of Biology, continued teaching at Arcadia University. He was a leader in ALS advocacy and research, and an ordained officer at his Presbyterian church. When the Rose family created their Walk to Defeat ALS team, they named it “Absolutely Living Strong,” making it clear that they would define ALS instead of letting ALS define them.
For the last several years, prior to each Phillies Phestival, Wes spoke to the Phillies, educating the team about the disease and the work of the Chapter.
Chapter President Ellyn C. Phillips beautifully characterized Wes as a “brilliant, humble and caring man who served as a role model and hero to many in the ALS community. He was a friend to all, who gave generously of his time and energy to fight ALS through advocacy, research, public awareness, and fundraising efforts. Wes would not want us to dwell on his death. Rather he would prefer that we continue his battle so that others may benefit.”
Today our condolences go out to his father and mother, Ray and Nancy Rose, his wife Kelly, and sons Nathan and Aidan, and to all those who he inspired.