Art With Heart: Rosie’s Love

   Hi Friends!~
      This week’s “Art with Heart” print is Madonna of the Blossoms. I chose this piece specifically for a special charity named after a very special girl— Rosie! 
    The charity I’m highlighting this week is Rosie’s Love. Since its inception in 2000, Rosie’s Love has been dedicated to providing emotional, practical and financial support to those who need help in dealing with childhood cancer in the Albany, NY area. Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of those affected by childhood cancer, including patients and family members. Rosie’s Love provides assistance where other sources fall short – from providing fun activities for children receiving in-patient treatment to family getaways that provide a break.

    Every summer, Rosie’s Love provide a house on a private lake in the Adirondacks to children and their families called Camp Hakuna Matata.  This house is provided entirely free from the cost of the stay, to food, and passes to local attractions such as the Adirondack Museum. We also provide fishing poles and access to canoes and kayaks.  

   Every holiday season, Rosie’s Love opens their annual “Holiday Shop” at Albany Medical Center.  The children can choose gifts for their parents, siblings, special friends, grandparents, etc.  All items are provided for the children including gifts, gift wrap, and cards.

  Every September school supplies and backpacks are provided to any child who needs supplies.  

   Rosie’s Love is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) charity.  It is named after Rosemary (Rosie) Frances Johnson, who lost her battle with Neuroblastoma at the age of 2 years and 11 months.  Rosie loved other children and never entered the hospital without a big smile on her face. 

    I am so fortunate to include Rosie’s mother Patricia as one of my cherished friends and love her sisters Mary and Alice and “Grandma Pat” who organizes “Rosie’s Love” and runs the camp in the Adirondacks. My daughter Audrey was able to join Rosie’s grandma and sister at camp last summer and had an amazing time.

  And so, in honor of Rosie and this season of giving, I am so happy to highlight Rosie’s Love here on the blog. If you are so moved to contribute a little to this wonderful charity, I’d love to send you Madonna of the Blossoms and we can do some good together!~

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