Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon – and we can help

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KISSIMMEE, FL – A 6-year-old girl who has been battling stage 4 neuroblastoma for the past 3 years has endured a hard journey in her treatment, with the cancer having recently progressed further.

We at Law Enforcement Today had an opportunity to speak with this young girl’s mother who shared with us an “adventure list” that her daughter has – and we’re hoping our readers can help make this little girl’s wish list come to fruition.

Rosie’s parents recently faced some difficult news regarding their daughter’s stage 4 neuroblastoma, saying that the cancer had spread earlier in September:

“She’s been battling for three years, but she relapsed about a year ago. Her cancer has spread three times during the relapse. And we just got news last week that it spread again.”

Apparently, Rosie’s cancer has spread to her skull, lower spine, and two areas along her right hip.

While speaking with Rosie’s mother, she delved into how excited her daughter gets when commercials come on TV that depict Legoland and other local amusement parks in Florida – one of the many things Rosie wishes to experience:

“We live in Orlando, so the commercials on TV is like Legoland – all the amusement parks – the hotels, like everything. Those commercials, she always sees them and always asks if we can go. She wants to go to these places.”

Despite undergoing numerous treatments, to include chemotherapy, Rosie’s mother says that her daughter remains in good spirits and has a high energy level that even surprises her doctors:

“Rosie, even though she does all these treatments, she still wants to be a normal kid. She wants to go out and run around, she wants to do adventures, she’s not held back from her cancer. She still has a good energy level like other kids. Her doctors always say they’re so shocked at how good she looks and how much energy she has.”

According to a GoFundMe established for Rosie’s wish list, the family is seeking donations so that they can help make the following dreams come true for their daughter:

  • Go to Lego land & stay in the Lego Land hotel
  • See dolphins
  • Stay in a beach house & play on the beach
  • Ride in an amphicar at Disney Springs
  • Go on a shopping spree
  • Vacation in a forest aka Disney’s Camp Wilderness
  • Stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and see giraffes
  • Go to Hawaii and stay at Aulani (this was her big wish she asked for “Make A Wish” but because of covid they denied it. They no longer grant travel wishes to anyone under the age of 12)
  • Travel around Florida

From what Rosie’s mother told us here at Law Enforcement Today, her daughter is a resilient fighter and has managed to remain positive during her arduous battle with cancer – having lived half of her life in various hospitals and undergoing treatments.

It’s certainly not an easy life for Rosie’s parents, and especially the young girl: but we’re hoping that our readers can help make this young girl’s life all the more joyous as she continues this fight by affording her an opportunity to make rich memories with her family.

If you can, please consider donating to the established GoFundMe account. The family also has established a Linktree where prospective donors can explore other methods to help Rosie and her family.  

Those who wish to follow Rosie’s journey can do so through her “Team Princess Rose” Facebook page. 

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‘Steadfast Service Dogs’ has provided trained service dogs to countless people in need. Now they need our help.

(Originally published January 15th, 2021)

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CANTON, GA – Service dogs provide essential help to individuals with disabilities and trauma survivors. Unfortunately, these life saving animals are not easily obtainable and can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

Thankfully, one nonprofit is working to give service dogs to people in need.

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

Steadfast Service Dogs is a nonprofit that trains and donates service dogs to a variety of disabled recipients.

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

The 501c3  is run by the husband and wife duo, Andre and Gwen Sadowski, who have devoted their lives to raising and training service dogs with the hope of helping trauma survivors and people with disabilities.

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

According to the Steadfast Service Dog website, recipients have included Veterans with PTSD, retired and/or injured law enforcement with PTSD, diabetic alert, psychiatric issues, and survivors of extreme violence and trauma. 

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

The website later details the extent of care and planning that goes into producing a Steadfast service dog:

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

“We purpose breed specifically for service dog placement. We start with base dogs deliberately picked for their temperament, structure, and health testing to ensure a phenomenal service dog candidate.

“We produce dogs that are calm and confident enough to ignore distraction and excel at public access. Dogs that are extremely handler focused and very easy to train, thereby cutting down training time and extending the time that they can provide service.”

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

In an exclusive interview with Law Enforcement Today, Andre spoke about the standards that Steadfast service dogs are held to. The co-founder outlined that their dogs are bred to be “extremely handler focused” and attentive:

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

“Our dogs have a much lower drive, they’re very mellow, they’re not hyperactive, and they’re extremely handler focused. So, when they bond with somebody, the sun rises and sets with that person.”

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

Andre later said:

“We’re producing these dogs that are easy to train and that are calm, confident, and mellow, especially in public.”

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

The co-founder, who has a service dog of his own, also emphasized how important the dogs are to their handlers. Andre claims that the dogs are able to provide something that other forms of therapy can’t:

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

“Somehow, service dogs are capable of providing something that therapy, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, medication- none of that can provide.”

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

Due to the level of care and training given to each dog, the cost of producing these service animals is incredibly high. Andre explained that, given the cost of training, feeding, and housing the animal, each service dog costs approximately $20,000.

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

The co-founder stated:

“Each one of these dogs costs about $20,000, and to put that into perspective, a properly trained service dog is about 1,000 hours of work.”

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

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Unfortunately, some of the people that are most in need of the life altering animals are unable to afford them. Andre told LET:

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

“A lot of the populations that we deal with don’t have $20,000 sitting around, they just don’t. You’ve got a wounded cop who’s just barely scraping by and can’t pay his mortgage. You’ve got a teacher, their salary sucks, and they don’t have a lot of money sitting around.”

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

Andre later stated that these populations are “vastly underserved” by other nonprofits and organizations:

“No one is doing it for cops and victims of extreme violence, nobody. It’s not a population that anyone is paying attention to, so those two populations are vastly underserved.”

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

To combat the substantial demand for service animals, Steadfast Service Dogs has been training and donating service dogs to the underserved populations.

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

Two of the most recent donations made by the nonprofit have been to the widow of a fallen officer and to a teacher that survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

Steadfast Service Dogs donated Archie, a German Shepherd service dog, to Kimberly Krawczyk, a math teacher at Stoneman Douglas, to help her work through the PTSD and trauma she suffered following the 2018 shooting. 

Andre also stated that, while the school system hasn’t been helpful to the survivors of the shooting, he wants to be stating:

“The kids and the teachers are not getting what they need, not from the school, not from the state, not from anybody. You know, I’ve talked to a bunch of their parents, they care, they’re fully invested in helping their kids, they just don’t know how.

“I happen to have the how, I am capable of producing the thing that can make it better and bring life back to a semblance of normalcy.”

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

He continued:

“I can provide that, and that is why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

Steadfast Service Dogs has all the expertise and passions needed to make a difference, but they need some help from us. Due to the expense of breeding and training a successful service dog, the nonprofit is currently working to gather funding to further their efforts.

Little girl, 6, with stage 4 cancer has an “adventure list” she’d like to embark upon - and we can help

Gwen, a co-founder of Steadfast Service Dogs, explained:

Right now I feel like we can help 5-10 people a year with service dogs and training, and that’s very important, but I’d like this to be helpful on a larger scale.

“We get emails and messages through Facebook every single day with people who need service dogs, and most of them can’t afford the cost of a service dog and the training because it can be extremely expensive.”

The 501c3 has made an incredible difference in the lives of countless individuals. If you would like to support Steadfast Service Dogs, consider donating through their facebook page. Each donation goes directly to raising and training a lifesaving service animal.

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