After Ron Rossetti was diagnosed with cancer, he established the Angels Fall Up Foundation (AFU) in 2012 with his wife, Dr. Sarah Collins, to support cancer research and preventive education. An avid long-distance runner and mentor to other aspiring athletes in North Texas, Mr. Rossetti founded the annual Colony Half Marathon to raise funds through AFU. Mr. Rossetti was grateful to have received tremendous care at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. He once told a friend, “After cancer, you see the world with a new perspective. My aspiration is to help victims of serious illness see there is hope always.” Mr. Rosetti passed away in 2015.
Dr. Collins, an Instructor of Internal Medicine at UTSW, now directs AFU together with Mr. Rossetti’s friends and board members, Joel Ott, Michael Hundt, and Julie Cloud. Since 2014, AFU has supported pancreatic cancer research at the Simmons Cancer Center, with proceeds from the half marathon supporting ongoing research. Although there was no race in 2020, AFU looks forward to bringing the half marathon back in October. Dr. Collins established the Simmons Cancer Center’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund in 2018 to keep her husband’s remarkable legacy alive.