Help Save Rose

A few weeks ago, when I was battling the Great Summer Illness of 2014, I didn’t feel up to attending Mass one Sunday morning with the family.  After a nice long day of resting though, I decided to go to Sunday evening Mass.

I sat in the back, didn’t shake at the sign of peace, and just generally tried to avoid contaminating the entire parish population.  While I was back there, I noticed a sweet family: mother and father, plus 3 little girls, roughly aged 3, 2, and 1.  The girls were well-behaved and sweet but not perfectly silent, which is how I like them.  Hey, a little spunk never hurt anybody, and besides, if someone else’s kids are perfect, then my kids are going to look terrible.  Er, terrible-er than they already do.

I made it a point after Mass, like I do, to say hello and thank them for bringing their beautiful girls to Mass.  I was there once, with a bunch of little kids and the only impetus to get to Mass was to avoid having to go to confession.  I’m preeeettttyy sure that each parishioner who made warm and kindly remarks about being glad I was there were what actually helped me move past that “I must be insane to attend Mass with children” stage.

But I digress.  As I do.

So I was talking to Joe and Alicia (mother and father) and cooing (from afar!  No germs!)  over their delectable progeny when up piped Rose, the 3 year old, with question after question.  One of the most engaging and adorable 3 year olds I’ve ever met, she must have chatted with me for a solid 3 minutes, never missing a beat.  She was extremely outgoing, and yet she never made eye contact with me.  It struck me as a little odd, but mostly I just left delighted.  Happy to have met some newish parishioners, and that I had made it through Mass without coughing on anyone.

Then last week in Church, I noticed a big posterboard that said “Help Save Rose.”  My heart sank.  On the poster was a picture of sweet Rose.  My heart sank further.  Sweet little Rose of the no-eye-contact?  She didn’t make eye contact because she is blind.  Blind from a cancerous brain tumor that is pushing on her optic nerve.

She is, please remember, 3 years old.

Rose H

Diagnosed when she was just 2 months old, Rose underwent chemotherapy.  The chemo nearly killed her.  So her parents, faithfully and patiently, are trying to raise money to get her an alternative treatment.  This treatment, which has a high success rate but is as yet not approved by the FDA, is not covered by their insurance.  It is very very expensive, and can only be had by traveling to Houston, which of course makes it even more expensive.

Our Knights of Columbus group is holding a fundraiser for Rose and her family.  It won’t raise the whole amount, but it’s a start.  And I thought to myself, why stop with parish posters and flyers?  If fundraising to save a life isn’t what the internet is for, than I don’t know what is.

I know there a thousand worthy causes out there.  A million, really.  And I know that your money is hard-earned and every dollar is earmarked for something.  But I’m asking you, begging you, to first and foremost, pray for Rose and for her family.  And if it is at all possible, please consider donating to Rose’s  fund.  I’ve seen miracles happen on this very internet, and I want one for Rose.

For more information on Rose’s illness, or to make a donation, please visit  Please share Rose’s story on Facebook, on Twitter, forward it in an email to your friends and family.  If you are local to us (San Gabriel Valley) consider joining us for the dinner on August 16th (details also at the website).

And please don’t forget to pray for Rose, and for her family.


  1. Thank you so much for using your blog to get the word out about sweet Rose! Alicia and Joe are so touched and grateful for all the help, donations, and prayers for Rose. God bless you, Micaela!

  2. I’m praying for little Rose! Is the best way to send a donation through the donation link that goes to gofundme on the site? Thanks! Rebecca

  3. Thanks for posting this, Micaela. Such a sweet baby girl! We’ll add her to our rosary intentions as well.


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