Kandice was born and raised in Houston, TX and is the youngest child of Larry and Roslyn Rose. She has two sisters and one brother. She attended Langham Creek High school in Cy-Fair where she enjoyed playing sports. By the time Kandice went to college at Huston –Tillotson University in Austin, TX she was already a two time cancer survivor. Kandice was 14 years old when she was diagnosed with Lymphoma Hodgkin’s (8 months after her grandmother passed from Non- Hodgkin’s). Her junior year she relapses and was diagnosed with leukemia and needed a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. Kandice’s sister, Kacee, was a perfect match and she received a transplant at Texas Children Hospital. After staying in the hospital for two months she continued to attend high school and went to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX after graduation.

    In college, Kandice received numerous awards and honors including chosen to be Mistress of Ceremonies for the American Cancer Society Walk in 2003 and lead cancer patients and survivors to the first walk around the track. Also, in 2004 the Austin Statesmen Newspaper named her “Mover and Shaker “for the fight against HIV/AIDS in the African-American community and her involvement in the East Austin Community and educating her peers about awareness and prevention . In 2005, her only brother lost his long battle with sarcoma cancer. After graduation, Kandice returned to Houston and started working for Mothers’ Against Drunk Driving as a victim advocate helping families who’s lost loved ones to drinking and driving. Kandice also volunteers with Saving Our Community Kids and Senior (S.O.C.K.S.) providing HIV testing prevention the in Houston and surrounding areas. Kandice was chosen to attend the White House for President Obama’s healthcare planning meeting on HIV/AIDS education in the minority communities in 2009.

    In 2010, Kandice was diagnosed for a third time with cancer and second time with lymphoma Hodgkin’s stage four and started treatment at M.D. Anderson in Houston, TX. Kandice and Lindsey (high school friend recently diagnosed) formed a group called Pretty Girls with Cancer ™ after finding out both were diagnosed weeks apart. Kandice started chemotherapy and after eight months she received a stem cell transplant in 2011 in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Hospital. After returning from Philadelphia Kandice continued to get treatment at M.D. Anderson Hospital for transplant aftercare.

    On October 11, 2012 Pretty Girls with Cancer ™ was launched only months after Lindsey lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Since Lindsey’s passing PGWC has been involved with “Be The Match™” program to find donors for cancer patients, American Cancer Society “Relay For Life ™”Survivorship Chair, “Totes of Love” for patients who receive cancer treatment in M.D Anderson, Texas Children and Methodist Hospitals. Pretty Girls with Cancer™ has continued to assist cancer patients, survivors and caregivers with social services, referrals and coordinating events to raise funds for cancer patients. In 2013, Kandice was the youngest nominee to receive “Top 30 Influential Women in Houston” presented by DMARS organization for her work with PGWC. Kandice has launch a school program “Coinz 4 Kids with Cancer” to raise money for kids with cancer in Texas Medical Center in 2013. In 2014, Pretty Girls with Cancer™ will launch “Too Pretty and Positive for Cancer” a program that will connect caregivers, patients and survivors together through events, support groups and phone buddy system.

    Pretty Girls with Cancer ™ motto is “Staying Pretty, Positive and Powerful against Cancer” Kandice and Lindsey believed you can keep your self-confidence, stay positive and be powerful while fighting cancer.

Read more about Kandice here at the Houston Chronicle.