Rosie at the 2013 Dance Marathon
What we wrote about Rosie in 2013:
Rosie is this amazing little girl who lights up a room with her charismatic spirit, her big smile and outgoing personality. At the age of eight she has been through and done more than most adults ten times her age.
Rosie loves to laugh, dance, swim, clown around and fund raise.
And fund raise she does; Rosie has raised well over $325,000 for her favorite pediatric causes. Her most important cause is research. Rosie wants to help find a cure for not only pediatric brain tumors, but Neurofibromatosis too. Besides fundraising, Rosie actively participates in promoting blood and bone marrow donation because she knows how many of her friends need it to live. She encourages other to be brave like her and help in the fight against cancer.
What is most near and dear to Rosie’s heart is her organization, which she started at the age of 4, called Rosie’s Toy Box--Spreading Sunshine, Joy and HOPE one toy at a time! Rosie collects NEW toys, books, crafts and game for hospitalized children; her goal is to bring them a little bit if comfort and happiness when faced with a scary situation in a hospital setting. Rosie has collected 1,000’s and 1,000’s of toys over the last four years with her dedication and efforts growing each day.
In-spite of living with many chronic and life threatening conditions Rosie's enthusiasm for life never wanes. Her contagious smile, infectious laugh and incredible outlook make her an inspiration.
Rosie has had 5 brain surgeries, 8 other surgeries, countless tests, 3 protocols of chemotherapy (that’s 142 doses of chemo), she’s lost her hair twice and the list goes on. In the last year new MRI’s revealed that her main brain tumor grow again, for six months it grew, but all five area being watch have just stopped, it’s medically unexplainable! She is currently on watch and wait; and round four of chemo is looming.
We don’t know how long Rosie will be with us, but while she is here, she is leaving her mark.
What everyone remembers about Rosie is not her illness or her struggles, it’s her vivacious personality, her strength, her bravery and zest for life. When they think about Rosie they think about all the good she has done; all the joy she has spread. How she has inspired so many to live life to the fullest, to live in the moment, to love now and rejoice in the time they have been given.
Check out Rosie's website here!
Rosie Colucci UPDATE
Rosie celebrated her 17th Birthday in August 2021 and started her SENIOR YEAR!!!