Fourth and Gold highlights a cancer warrior that has bravely and fiercely stood strong against childhood cancer. At Fourth and Gold, we want you to see the faces behind our drive and connect with them in a way you wouldn’t have been able to if you didn’t take the stand to demand #MoreThan4. Our precious kids have cancer, but cancer does not have them.
Rosalie Elaine Snowdon, diagnosed with Stage III Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma at 2.5 years old
Current Age: 2.5 (DOB 2/27/16)
Favorite Things: Little miss Rosalie is a cat lady already 🙂 She also loves PJ Masks and her cowboy boots!
Favorite Foods: Ice cream, blueberries, broccoli (only to use as a spoon for ranch dip).. seriously! Who cannot relate to that?!
If you know Rosie, you know that she: Is an expert negotiator!! At 2.5 years old, she already knows how to get exactly what she wants… look out world!
A typical day for Rosalie includes: “Rosalie has a fairly long day most days. Mom works 2nd shift and Dad works 3rd so her mornings are relaxed spending time with Mom and Dad playing and being silly. On chemo days, we wake up extra early and spend the morning at the hospital while we get our chemo. When Mom has to go to work and Dad has to go to sleep, she goes off to Gigi’s house to spend the night.”
What you can’t see here is that Rosalie has undergone:
- 2 separate surgeries
- 9 chemotherapy treatments
- Countless blood draws
- Clinic appointments
- Missing out on getting to live a non-medical 2.5 year old life
- Rosie is currently on week 6 of a FORTY TWO week treatment plan
- Rosalie’s mom on the hardest part of having a child with cancer: “Rosalie has no idea why we’re putting her through so much because she’s just too young to understand cancer.”
- One thing you wish people knew about Childhood Cancer: “Childhood cancer is so much more than chemo and radiation and Make A Wish and bald heads. Childhood Cancer is crying because your kid won’t eat more than a bite of food for two weeks straight. It’s worrying that every complaint of pain or discomfort could quickly land you in the ER for hours. It’s thinking about your 2.5 year old’s fertility options when she’s older. And once treatment is said and done, the worrying doesn’t end. Every rash or bruise or bump could be nothing, but it could be reoccurrence and as a cancer parent, the idea of that is absolutely heartbreaking.
- “The biggest change that we’ve experienced since diagnosis: “The overwhelming love and support from our community. We never truly knew how many people loved and cared for our family until now which is the number one thing getting us through treatment.”————————————————————————————————————————————–