Rosie Evenson Support
Brief update from the original post:
It's been a rough road...we've had weeks of unexpected hospital stays. Rosie had to be emergency airlifted recently, and before that, transported by ambulance. The chemo is so hard on her body that it has made her very ill. At this point she's had two major surgerys, weeks of radiation, blood transfusion and as I write, she's been bed-ridden in the hospital for more than a week. The family has probably spent more than 50% of their time in the hospital since the diagnosis...and that means being separated from their other two girls as they stay with Angie's parents when Rose is in the hospital.
On Monday, September 26th, my precious niece Rosie (3 yrs) was diagnosed with kidney cancer. She is the daughter of my sister Angie and her husband Aaron, and sister to Grace (5), Sophia (1), and Lincoln (2 months). We are devastated beyond words. As I write (on Tuesday, September 27th), surgery is underway to remove the large tumor in her abdomen, along with her left kidney. She will recover for about a week, and then begin months of chemo and radiation, as the cancer has spread into her lungs. They are at Sanford's Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD (the castle).
On Thursday, September 22, they were at Angie's parents' house in Mitchell, SD when they took Rose to urgent care for a fever. In a nightmarish turn of events, a cancer diagnosis followed only four days later. Their comfort right now is trusting that God is in control. That being said, right now it's hard to even breathe, so they need people to rise up in faith for them.
Expenses at this time are very unknown but will for sure include travel out of state every week for several months, for chemo and radiation. Best case scenario would be finishing chemo in June, 2017 (it will likely be longer than that). Rosie does have health insurance, but how much it will cover is unknown.
The Evensons' are not requesting funding, but I've been receiving requests for where to send support, so am creating this page for them.
Story on WCCO News tonight at 10pm
Journal entry by Angela Evenson — 2 hours ago
I know some of you who follow here are not on Facebook, so wanted to do a quick post to share that our family will be on WCCO News (from Minneapolis) tonight at 10pm. When the reporter first contacted us about doing the story, we were in the hospital and I told her it wouldn't work out. When she asked again, both Aaron's and my first instinct was to decline. We have so much going on in our lives and weren't necessarily interested in being on TV or going through the interview. However, we thought it was neat to share some GOOD news and to recognize a great company and two great men for their kind act. So we agreed.
It all started with this facebook post (which included a photograph of the letter- I attached that as a photo to this journal entry):
Aaron Angie Evenson
November 10 ·
Every Thursday for the last year or two, my girls watch for the garbage men, Brandon and Taylor, to come by. When they hear the truck, they frantically scramble to the window yelling, "The garbage men are here!!". Because every Thursday, the garbage men watch for them in the window and grin and wave at them (multiple times). Two weeks ago, they came up to our door with 3 bags of candy for the girls. In return, the following Thursday (last week), the girls colored pictures for them and we left two bags of snacks for them. I also included a note saying that we may not be here to wave some Thursdays, as Rose has chemo that day, but that we haven't forgotten them, so keep watching and we'll wave when we're here. Today they delivered this letter and the two men informed me that, as employees, they receive free garbage service. They said they talked to their boss and asked to transfer their free service to us for a year. I was moved to tears and squeaked out a drastically-insufficient "thank you". Brandon and Taylor, your kind gesture is priceless. Thank you. <3 Hometown Sanitation Support Your Local Businesses!
I intended this to just be a little post to recognize their act of kindness. We were shocked when it went viral, with over 2,000 "likes" and almost 500 shares. Jennifer Mayerle from WCCO News contacted us saying someone had shown it to her, and that she was interested in doing a story. As I wrote above, it took awhile until we were home long enough to make it happen. They came last Monday to do the interview and Jennifer was the sweetest person. It was really easy to talk to her. We didn't really know what to expect, and were relieved that it was just her and one camera man. They were both so kind.
For those in Minnesota, it airs on WCCO News (CBS) tonight at 10pm. We are in South Dakota so we'll watch it online like many of you. I'll post the link here when it is available. Tomorrow we check into The Castle (Sanford Children's Hospital) in Sioux Falls for another round of chemo. Please be praying for Rose. She'll be receiving the chemo drug that she had the dangerous allergic reaction to last time (this time very diluted over a much longer period of time). We'll be in the hospital at least until after the New Year. We plan to buy some party hats and things to celebrate the New Year at The Castle. :)
Merry Christmas, everyone <3 Emmanuel, God with us.
p.s. For those local to the Blue Earth/Fairmont/Windom area, Hometown is the best sanitation company ever! :)
We left the hospital yesterday after 6 days of being admitted. Rosie was given an additional chemo drug that requires constant monitoring because of the strength and side effects of the chemo. The plan was to give her 2 chemo drugs, but the first day Rosie had severe anaphalaxis and couldn't breathe while getting one of the chemo through her IV. The doctors and nurses swarmed into her room and performed emergency treatment to reverse the affects of the reaction to the chemo. It was a very scary time! They are ordering an alternative chemo to the one she reacted to, and we will try that new one during the next stay.
Rosie continues radiation through Friday this week. (8 total treatments).
Rosie and family will be able to go home after her last radiation on Friday, and then will come back the next two Thursdays for more chemo. They will be home for Christmas, but will be admitted for another 6 day hospital stay starting Dec 27th. During the next 6 months, they have a total of 4 of these hospitalized stays.
Rosie was the life of the party during her stay at the Castle. She would sneak around the circle and the "surprising girls" would scare her and she'd run and squeal through the hallways! (surprising girls are the nurses). She brought so much joy to the nurses as well as the other patients and their families!! Rosie makes friends with everyone, including the floor cleaning lady Kathleen. She waves at everyone and calls them by name. She has such a sweet personality!!
Thank you all for the love and prayers. We are humbled and grateful for the support shown by so so many people! God bless!
- Aunt Amber
What a beautiful story. It seem so unfair an innocent little angel could be so sick. By watching the newsclip, little Rose smiles so big regardless of her illness and it teach us (adults) despite what we go thru, we always have a reason to smile. The inspiration from this story is unmeasurable. I will pray for little Rose as well as your family.
Amber, I am a friend of Isaac Kurtz' parents and sister. I would love to have access to Rosie's Caring Bridge page. My son had cancer when he was 7 yrs old and I understand what Angie and Aaron are going through and would like to be able to offer prayer, support and advice if possible. Thank you, Tawnya Sliger. You can look me up on facebook.
hi, my brother had high grade bladder cancer and he cured it with natural means. such as Oregano OIl P73, and cut out all sugar, starch and red meat. PLEASE check out natural cures.
I read your story today and it made me want to reach out to. Although I cannot afford to give you anything your story truly reminds me of my daughter Zoey. She was diagnosed with stage 3 clear cell sarcoma of the kidney last November. She had her kidney removed and radiation and chemo. I am happy to report that she has finshed her treatments and as of right now is clear of any cancer. I have been where you are right now and it is horrible and petrifying. I want you to know that there are people out who understand what you are feeling and it is okay to ask for help. I am sending all of our love to your beautiful little girl.
Will be saying prayers for the whole family and little Rosie. I don't have much money myself but when I have it I'll donate. Just know God loves you all Carolyn Evenson
Please consider taking the advice of the person that told you to investigate natural products.There have been many cures that didn't involve the terrible side-affects of chemo. God Bless you and your family. God be with little Rosie during her ordeal. My prayers go out for your whole family. I can't send much (I'm an 84 yr old widow, who lost her husband to cancer), but will be sending what I can afford. I know that every small bit helps too.
Amber and family. Some one sent me your link and have read it and was inspiring. We seem to be on the same road as your family. We are from Spencer Iowa and dr. At the U OF M in Minneapolis with our 3 yr old boy. We will lift Angela and family up with our prayers daily. Best wishes for your family we will be praying.