Rosie Colucci is an amazing 13-year-old. Not only has she been fighting an overwhelming amount of complex medical diagnoses for over a decade now, she has been fighting brain cancer and multiple inoperable brain tumors. Rosie preservers even though she continues to be diagnosis with even more medical complications, in fact, she was just named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers, receiving her latest award, the 2018 National Prudential Spirit of Community award.
The remarkable thing about Rosie is the fact that in spite of her own personal challenges and daily pain, she manages to make a difference in the lives of others. Rosie has been giving back to other children who are critically and chronically ill since she was just 4 years old. Rosie doesn’t just fight for herself, but she stands up for all medically challenged kids. She let’s them know that they aren’t alone in their fight. It’s her goal to “Spread Sunshine, Joy and Hope one toy at a time” through Rosie’s Toy Box, her own organization were she organizes toy drives and collects new toys for hospitalized kids.
She also aims high to raise awareness and funds for desperately underfunded pediatric cancer research, to support new clinical trials and less toxic treatment option; and she has been very successful in her endeavors; raising over $500,000 in her life thus far. Rosie has been recognized over and over again for her giving heart and her outstanding service to others. Honored with the 2014 American Red Cross Youth Good Samaritan Hero Award, 2015 Chicagoland’s Kid of the Year, 2016 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Miracle Child,2017 President's Volunteer Service Award-GOLD level, and the Prudential 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award 2018--State Level, Culminating with the presentation of the this years national award.
Rosie doesn’t do it alone; Bella, Rosie’s older sister, and her mother, JoAnne, are always right along side of her. These inspirational advocates of pediatric cancer research and Neurofibromatosis awareness touch countless hearts and give so much of themselves for the betterment of others. Rosie’s family volunteers for organizations like the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation-Ride for Kids, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, DemonTHON, Chicago Dance Marathon and many more. In ten years, Rosie, Bella and their mother, JoAnne, have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and cancer research. This kid, this family is/are powerhouses! Rosie’s smile is infectious, her personality warm and friendly and she has an unbelievable positive attitude.
The journey hasn’t been easy for the family of three. Faced with countless job losses, a nasty divorce, court costs, bankruptcy, multiple moves, eviction, homelessness, mounting and continuous medical bills, hospital parking fees, gas expenses, the Colucci family struggles day to day, but somehow finds time to laugh and make lite of the everyday hardships, remembering that they still have each other.
We are trying to help them gain some stability in their constant struggle to keep a roof over their heads and buy them a house if possible! To help them get back on their feet, two local organizations have launched a fundraiser for the “Colucci Girls”, and 100% of the monies collect will go to Rosie, Bella & Jo. Won’t you please consider a small donation to this family in need who has lived a life of service to others, who have helped so many despite their own mountain of trials.
Return some of the hope and inspiration that Rosie has given YOU and so many others. If you can’t donate, please share Rosie's story with your family and friends, and keep the giving going. Thank you!
Sponsored by Len Austrevich (773) 669-7545 (Jokes4Miles.com) and the BTB Foundation (btbfoundation.org).