Who would ever think that being forced to take a class in high school would inspire a wish? When Rosie entered her sophomore year she had to choose either art or art history.
“I’m not art inclined whatsoever,” Rosie said. “I decided to go with art history and actually really enjoyed it! I loved learning the stories behind each piece and the history behind the artists.”
That same year, everything came to a screeching halt. Rosie was diagnosed with leukemia.
“When the doctor told me I had leukemia, I said ‘what is that?’ When I realized I just been told I had cancer, I made everyone get out of the room and cried by myself for over an hour.”
Over the next couple of years, Rosie endured the unthinkable.
“I was in the hospital for weeks at a time,” Rosie said. “My child support therapist said, ‘let’s refer you for a wish!’ I knew Make-A-Wish existed, but I never really thought more about how they really do make life-changing wishes come true.”
With art history on her mind, Rosie’s one true wish was easy to come up with.
“I had never left Texas. The fact that I could wish to go to Paris to see and learn more about everything I had been studying in art history – and then for it to come true? That changed everything!”
Rosie went to Paris with her mom and her aunt.
“Make-A-Wish did everything! All I had to do was get on the plane. When we were walking around Paris, I would know all the information and what the artist was trying to do. My mom said it was like having a private tour guide. They were really impressed with home much I knew!”
Not only did Rosie’s wish give her something to look forward to and plan while she was in the hospital enduring treatment, but Rosie says her trip is still the focus of family conversation to this day.
“When we get together, we don’t think about the cancer and what I went through. We always talk about our trip together and everything we experienced in Paris. That’s what we remember.”
Rosie has also gone on to become a Wish Ambassador for Make-A-Wish. She speaks at major events to make sure everyone hears exactly how vital wishes are.
“I just want everyone to know the wish really is life-changing. It affects you for years to come. After cancer, I didn’t really want to do much – I was in my feelings a lot and kept to myself. My wish made me realize that as bad things happen, good things can come out of it too. It changed my mindset and it changed my outlook and I believe every eligible child needs a wish!”
Rosie is currently planning to attend school to be a Radiology Technician, and her love and passion for art history is only getting stronger.