Rosie Vela Needs Our Urgent Help!

$2,935 of $11k goal

Raised by 61 people in 2 months
MARCH 9 UPDATE

To the cynical, the skeptical and the cautious. Denice Lewis and myself have been running a GoFundMe campaign for a while now, and we've come across some doubters and haters and skeptics and critics who wonder if this is on the up and up.

To you, we say check out the video. We had very much hoped to avoid revealing anything close to the dire situation Rosie is in because we respect her privacy and dignity. It's a cruel world out there when you force someone of her stature to reveal herself in the worst condition she's ever faced.   Yes, bad things do happen to good people.  It's bad enough for her to be in her current condition.  To have to go public with all these details is heart breaking for her. So be it. Here's the video of Rosie confirming everything we've been saying. (And to those warm hearted people who have already donated we thank you as does Rosie.)

Mike Keesling






MARCH 7 UPDATE
Hello to everyone all of the wonderful friends, fans and family all over the world who have been kind enough to generously donate to Rosie’s cause and continue to do so.

We are struggling through many obstacles in order to achieve our goal in bring Rosie back to the USA so that she can receive the medical treatment that she desperately needs.

I understand that many of you have questions regarding the legitimacy of this campaign and hopefully I can alleviate some of your concerns.

This campaign was blocked for a period of time because someone with a very negative attitude decided that it was not legitimate and reported it to GoFundMe and we had to go through a lengthy process of proving many things to the people who are in charge of protecting the funds for this campaign. They required that Rosie’s mother prove that she was her actual mother. Then they required that I send a screen shot of an actual conversation between Rosie and myself discussion this campaign and her knowledge of it which I did. After they received that they then required that I send a video of Rosie and I discussing the campaign with our faces in clear view. That took about a week to accomplish as Rosie’s cell phone had fallen into some water and was broken and had to be repaired and that process took two weeks. As soon as we were able to finally speak on Facebook messenger video I recorded the necessary video and sent it in to GoFundMe so that they could validate that it was actually Rosie and myself speaking in the video, which they did, so the campaign itself was on hold for quite a long time and only recently it was released a few days ago from that hold.

I know that you would appreciate seeing photos of Rosie now but I hope you can understand that it is Rosie wish NOT to been seen publicly at this time because her appearance is very different from what it once was and she does not want to be seen as she is at this time. It would cause a great deal of embarrassment for her and would only serve as an opportunity for exploitation by the media at a time when she is extremely vulnerable. For those of you who don’t know who I am I understand. My career as a “supermodel” was in the United Kingdom and Europe. All you have to do is Google my name or go to my Facebook page and you will see plenty of photo’s of magazine covers that will validate that fact.

As far as the expense for the funds are concerned. We do not know the specific costs as of yet but I will tell you what we need to pay for. I have to fly to Barbados to pick up Rosie and escort her back to Los Angeles as she is unable to travel unassisted. She needs the cost of her airfare covered as well. We have to pay for her health insurance for coverage at Kaiser Permanente which is where I am insured and I know that for her age it will run approximately $1000.00 per month as I have had other friends insured there who were the same age as her and that is what they paid. She has her recording studio in Barbados that she wants to have shipped back to Los Angeles so that she can continue to write music while she is recovering from the surgeries that she will need for her bladder replacement and also to remove the piece of colonoscopy machine that was accidentally left in her colon from a previous procedure which is causing a constant infection in her body that is keeping her very sick right now. She needs extensive dental works as her teeth have been broken due to an endoscopy procedure that broke several of her front teeth which have been weakened due to medication use for pain over an extensive period of time because of her bladder cancer.

My dentist, Dr. A.J. Boyajian, has also very generously offered on his Facebook page to match anyone’s donation with an equal discount for services at either of his offices and he will be the dentist who will be doing the work for her teeth. This is also why she does not want to have her image posted publicly at this time.

I am also certain that the amount we have estimated for this campaign probably isn’t even enough for what she needs and we will most likely have to run another campaign as we progress in the future.

I hope that this information will satisfy many of your questions and should you have any others please do not hesitate to ask. We are all here to help Rosie find her way back to optimum health well-being and her amazing creative spirit. Thank you so much for all of your love and support!!! Namaste…..Denice D. Lewis


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Dear friends, loved ones and those of you who may be reading this who don’t know Rosie Vela but who are compassionate by nature…… please read this all the way through.

My name is Denice Lewis and I am a long time friend of Rosie. We have known each other since 1982 when we met in New York when I first started modeling and Rosie was one of the most sought after beautiful supermodels in the world and on the cover of Vogue just about every other month. She was my idol!!! Both of us feisty Texan fireballs with fiercely wicked senses of humor it was sisterly love at first sight when we met one evening at a party. So I can tell you that this is no ordinary woman! I have known her through the years and she has ALWAYS been a loving, giving, positive, creative, happy, spirited, generous, soulful, beautiful, angel on earth!!!

Rosie has always been a fighter and this situation that I am about to share with all of you is probably the hardest thing that she has ever has to face because her dignity and pride has always remained intact now making this so very difficult for Rosie to do. Exposing yourself in such a vulnerable way takes enormous courage when you have lived the life of a supermodel and as a singer/songwriter and the world knows who you are for all of the glamorous things that your life “APPEARS” to be. In this world we learn early on how to wear our “game” face very well but so very sadly THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE FOR ROSIE…. nor has it been for many years…. she has been suffering incredible pain from multiple medical issue for YEARS and her money has run out!!!

Her caretaker embezzled all of her money from her as she is so ill she has been completely dependent on him for everything including managing finances and now she is PENNILESS and stuck in Barbados with an expired passport, no money for food, basic living supplies such as toilet paper and even Huggies which she has to wear because she needs a new bladder as hers is barely held on by four little strands of skin causes the obvious embarrassing issues. Not only that she is bleeding out of both her “front” and her “back”.

The hospitals in Barbados will not treat her because her insurance has lapsed as she can no longer afford to pay for her premiums. We are desperately trying to get her out of there immediately so she can come back to the USA and seek medical treatment. She has been on so much pain medication prescribed by doctors that they also performed an endoscopy on her and because of the pain medication her teeth have become extremely brittle and the procedure broke several of her front teeth out with the equipment being forced down her throat!!!

A few years ago she underwent a colonoscopy and the doctor who performed the surgery left a piece of the colonoscopy equipment inside of her body causing tremendous pain and after a hysterectomy they sewed her anatomy back together BACKWARDS!!! She suffers from severe sleep apnea and is losing her ability to think clearly and her cognitive ability has severely declined. 

But I know that she can and will recover. I know this because I have personally experienced a severe physical medical breakdown while very different I suffered as deeply disturbing consequences and nearly lost my mind and was ready to go through physician assisted suicide because I could not live in my body any more. I, too, am a super model so I understand how incredibly mortifying this is to her dignity to have to ask for help in this way, but she has no other options.

Many people don’t understand these things But I’ve been there and I made it back and I am asking you all to PLEASE find it in your hearts to reach into your wallet and contribute as much as you can so we can coordinate all her needs to return safely to the USA. She must ship her recording equipment back so that when her health is better she can continue to create her amazing work. She must have assistance traveling as she is not able to do it alone. I have offered to go there to get her but I will need an airline ticket to do so as I cannot afford that either. She will need her passport renewed in order to travel. She will need money to live on for a while when she is back here and I have agreed to let her stay with me in my home for a while until we get her sorted out to keep expenses down. She will need to have her medical insurance reinstated so she can get the treatment she needs to start on the road to recovery.

This is a tragedy beyond tragedies to see this beautiful sweet woman who has been a golden girl all of her life suffer through so much pain, atrocity in medical treatments and care and now the mortification and loss of dignity with this plea so I am asking you from the bottom of my heart on her behalf to be a part of her solution and help me help Rosie and return her physical health, her mental health and her spiritual health so she can find her way back to creating that amazing musical magic which is her artistic expression for all of us to enjoy!!!

Rosie and I speak for several hours a day as her only means of communication is her tablet and we speak over Facebooks Instant Message App.  I am determined to rescue her from this horrible situation but I cannot do it by myself. I need your help and Rosie really needs your help so that we can liberate her from this nightmare. She dreams of returning to her passion of music and has composed dozens of new songs and wishes to record them once she has finally recuperated from the incessant and intractable pain she suffers from.  Your generous donations will immediately aid in her getting relief and nourishment.  Further funds are desperately needed in order to bring her home to the USA, specifically Los Angeles, for critically necessary medical attention on a number of levels!!!

Together, we can bring Rosie home to heal, find comfort...and facilitate her desire to create more beauty for the world! Every little bit helps. Nothing is too small.  My best friend for the past 20 years, Michael Keesling,  is managing the campaign on Rosie’s behalf as the gatekeeper to the funds and is in charge of protecting every single penny for her so that she is completely protected and all of her needs will be managed and covered without incident!!! Way to go Mike!!!

We can’t do this without you!!! If we don’t do this there is a very real chance that Rosie won’t survive. We don’t want to lose our beautiful sister in spirit!!!  If the situation were reversed she would be the first one writing a check out to help as she has done so many times in the past in her own life. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this urgent appeal. We really appreciate you so very much!!! God bless you and God bless Rosie!!! Thank you, Thank you and Thank you again!!! We love you!!!

Please help spread the word! Have a beautiful and blessed day!!!! Namaste….



It seems some have recently questioned the legitimacy of this campaign and GoFundMe has asked for the following information:

 

1. Who you are. My name is Mike Keesling.

2. Where you're from. I live in Los Angeles, CA

3. Your relationship to the parties you're raising funds for. My best friend is Denice Lewis. She has known and been friends with Rosie Vela for over 35 years. She speaks with Rosie via Facebook messenger video every day. She is also in constant communication with Rosie mother Nancy Bargainer via Facebook messenger as well as telephone several times a week keeping her updated as to the progress of Rosie’s condition and the success of the campaign. Denice is also the point person that people from all over the world contact to find out what is going on with Rosie as she was once a very public figure and many people are quite surprised at the condition she is now in. Denice has also had to deal with several people who have been very negative about this campaign and very accusatory regarding the legitimacy of it even though they have known her and have also been recipients of her generosity themselves over the years. Her phone rings all day and night and she manages all of these calls  and questions on behalf of Rosie in order to facilitate her in achieving Rosie’s goal of returning to the USA to receive the help she needs. Rosie is bedridden and has numerous severe medical issues she is dealing with. I am managing the account because I'm Denice's business manager. Once Rosie is relocated to Los Angeles she will be living with Denice while she receives the necessary medical help and recovers.

4. How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible). Airfare to and from Barbados for Denice to accompany Rosie as she can't travel on her own. Airfare from Barbados to Los Angeles for Rosie. Shipping Rosie's possessions from Barbados to Los Angeles. Medical insurance premiums. Those are the big ones.

5. How you intend to get the funds to those in need. Rosie's bank account is compromised. Therefore, we will buy the air tickets for Rosie and Denice directly. We will pay the shipping company directly. We will pay the medical insurance premiums directly. Neither Denice nor I are charging a dime for our time or efforts on Rosie's behalf.

If you have other questions or concerns, just let us know.

To those of you who have already contributed to Rosie's campaign, thank you.  To those who contribute in the future, thank  you as well.

Mike
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Update 5
Posted by Michael Keesling
13 days ago
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To the cynical, the skeptical and the cautious. Denice Lewis and myself have been running a GoFundMe campaign for a while now, and we've come across some doubters and haters and skeptics and critics who wonder if this is on the up and up.

To you, we say check out the video. We had very much hoped to avoid revealing anything close to the dire situation Rosie is in because we respect her privacy and dignity. It's a cruel world out there when you force someone of her stature to reveal herself in the worst condition she's ever faced. So be it. Here's the video of Rosie confirming everything we've been saying. (And to those warm hearted people who have already donated we thank you as does Rosie.)

Mike Keesling
Rosie Vela March 9, 2017
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Update 4
Posted by Michael Keesling
15 days ago
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UPDATE TWO MARCH 7

Hello everyone…you’ve asked…and I’ve hesitated…in an effort to protect Rosie’s privacy….yet tonight an enchanting moment occurred……..so thanks to the musical stylings of John Vaughn……and with permission of the mistress of the “Magic Smile” herself……Rosie Vela and myself will all be seen in the following video for your pleasure and verification of the validity of the campaign for which we are working very diligently. Thank you so much. Namaste….Denice D. Lewis

Hello everyone…you’ve asked…and I’ve hesitated…in an effort to protect Rosie’s privacy….yet tonight an enchanting moment occurred……..so thanks to the musical stylings of John Vaughn……and with permission of the mistress of the “Magic Smile” herself……Rosie Vela and myself will all be seen in the following video for your pleasure and verification of the validity of the campaign for which we are working very diligently. Thank you so much. Namaste….Denice D. Lewis



Magic Smile
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Update 3
Posted by Michael Keesling
15 days ago
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Hello to everyone all of the wonderful friends, fans and family all over the world who have been kind enough to generously donate to Rosie’s cause and continue to do so.

We are struggling through many obstacles in order to achieve our goal in bring Rosie back to the USA so that she can receive the medical treatment that she desperately needs.

I understand that many of you have questions regarding the legitimacy of this campaign and hopefully I can alleviate some of your concerns.

This campaign was blocked for a period of time because someone with a very negative attitude decided that it was not legitimate and reported it to GoFundMe and we had to go through a lengthy process of proving many things to the people who are in charge of protecting the funds for this campaign. They required that Rosie’s mother prove that she was her actual mother. Then they required that I send a screen shot of an actual conversation between Rosie and myself discussion this campaign and her knowledge of it which I did. After they received that they then required that I send a video of Rosie and I discussing the campaign with our faces in clear view. That took about a week to accomplish as Rosie’s cell phone had fallen into some water and was broken and had to be repaired and that process took two weeks. As soon as we were able to finally speak on Facebook messenger video I recorded the necessary video and sent it in to GoFundMe so that they could validate that it was actually Rosie and myself speaking in the video, which they did, so the campaign itself was on hold for quite a long time and only recently it was released a few days ago from that hold.

I know that you would appreciate seeing photos of Rosie now but I hope you can understand that it is Rosie wish NOT to been seen publicly at this time because her appearance is very different from what it once was and she does not want to be seen as she is at this time. It would cause a great deal of embarrassment for her and would only serve as an opportunity for exploitation by the media at a time when she is extremely vulnerable. For those of you who don’t know who I am I understand. My career as a “supermodel” was in the United Kingdom and Europe. All you have to do is Google my name or go to my Facebook page and you will see plenty of photo’s of magazine covers that will validate that fact.

As far as the expense for the funds are concerned. We do not know the specific costs as of yet but I will tell you what we need to pay for. I have to fly to Barbados to pick up Rosie and escort her back to Los Angeles as she is unable to travel unassisted. She needs the cost of her airfare covered as well. We have to pay for her health insurance for coverage at Kaiser Permanente which is where I am insured and I know that for her age it will run approximately $1000.00 per month as I have had other friends insured there who were the same age as her and that is what they paid. She has her recording studio in Barbados that she wants to have shipped back to Los Angeles so that she can continue to write music while she is recovering from the surgeries that she will need for her bladder replacement and also to remove the piece of colonoscopy machine that was accidentally left in her colon from a previous procedure which is causing a constant infection in her body that is keeping her very sick right now. She needs extensive dental works as her teeth have been broken due to an endoscopy procedure that broke several of her front teeth which have been weakened due to medication use for pain over an extensive period of time because of her bladder cancer.

My dentist, Dr. A.J. Boyajian, has also very generously offered on his Facebook page to match anyone’s donation with an equal discount for services at either of his offices and he will be the dentist who will be doing the work for her teeth. This is also why she does not want to have her image posted publicly at this time.

I am also certain that the amount we have estimated for this campaign probably isn’t even enough for what she needs and we will most likely have to run another campaign as we progress in the future.

I hope that this information will satisfy many of your questions and should you have any others please do not hesitate to ask. We are all here to help Rosie find her way back to optimum health well-being and her amazing creative spirit. Thank you so much for all of your love and support!!! Namaste…..Denice D. Lewis
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Update 2
Posted by Michael Keesling
26 days ago
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Rosie, from back in the day.
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Lynn Iverson
29 days ago
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I'm sure Jeff Lynne would help his ex, contact him

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Roberta Chirko
1 month ago
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Where is she in the Bahamas ...what hospital?

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Daye Simpson
29 days ago
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Thank you for reaching out to us Michael - I will definately repost this on my Facebook page ... as I feel the urgency in your email. I have never had contact with Jeff Lyne or anyone else of ELO or Steely Dan, but will speak to someone I know back here in Canada, that might be able to reach them. Thank you again!

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Pam VA
1 month ago
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It sounds like MusiCares, the Grammy organization for musicians with health problems could help Rosie. https://www.grammy.org/musicares

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Lois Broderick
1 month ago
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Please call Dr.Bergermaschi cheif of colon rectal at Stonybrook, give my name! He saved my life in similar situation. I met Rosie in the 80's Peter Max studio. I loved her. I will spread the word. God Bless and hang in their.

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Elmira Hope Utz
17 days ago

Where is the proof that Rosie has consented to this? Is there something, anything that gives an update or objective proof that this is genuine. Everything seems secondhand. Also, why not contact the embassy and get her passport in order and get her home right away?

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Roger Galloway
19 days ago

Have you got in touch with Jeff Lynne? It would only take one fundraiser by him and his many friends to take care of her needs.I'm sure he would do it.

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Mark Dodsworth
19 days ago

To the stranger on a quite street. Stay positive and thank you for the enjoyment you have proved me over the years! x

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$2,935 of $11k goal

Raised by 61 people in 2 months
Created January 16, 2017
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Bill sinclair
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Anonymous
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Robin Saidman
12 days ago
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Anonymous
13 days ago
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MK
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Michael Kriegsman
13 days ago
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Anonymous
15 days ago
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Anonymous
15 days ago
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Liya Swift
15 days ago
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MK
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Michael Kriegsman
16 days ago
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I gladly donated but I think more people would be receptive if the fundraisers would provide more detailed information about Rosie's situation along with updates. I for one would feel more comfortable donating more if we knew more.

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Robert Trebble
16 days ago
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Hope this is genuine-I have been a fan of Rosie since I saw her on TV decades ago.-never knew she was a 'supermodel' and the only Dennise Lewis I know of is a black British athlete!-this story brings tears to my eyes-was just checking for any news-seen none since ELO concert-sure Jeff Lynne will be able to help-does anyone know how to contact him?

Lynn Iverson
29 days ago
3
3

I'm sure Jeff Lynne would help his ex, contact him

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Roberta Chirko
1 month ago
2
2

Where is she in the Bahamas ...what hospital?

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Daye Simpson
29 days ago
1
1

Thank you for reaching out to us Michael - I will definately repost this on my Facebook page ... as I feel the urgency in your email. I have never had contact with Jeff Lyne or anyone else of ELO or Steely Dan, but will speak to someone I know back here in Canada, that might be able to reach them. Thank you again!

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Pam VA
1 month ago
1
1

It sounds like MusiCares, the Grammy organization for musicians with health problems could help Rosie. https://www.grammy.org/musicares

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Lois Broderick
1 month ago
1
1

Please call Dr.Bergermaschi cheif of colon rectal at Stonybrook, give my name! He saved my life in similar situation. I met Rosie in the 80's Peter Max studio. I loved her. I will spread the word. God Bless and hang in their.

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Elmira Hope Utz
17 days ago

Where is the proof that Rosie has consented to this? Is there something, anything that gives an update or objective proof that this is genuine. Everything seems secondhand. Also, why not contact the embassy and get her passport in order and get her home right away?

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Roger Galloway
19 days ago

Have you got in touch with Jeff Lynne? It would only take one fundraiser by him and his many friends to take care of her needs.I'm sure he would do it.

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Mark Dodsworth
19 days ago

To the stranger on a quite street. Stay positive and thank you for the enjoyment you have proved me over the years! x

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