Helping children smile, one masterpiece at a time.
Coming Up Rosies was inspired by Rosie's dream to help "kids who look like me."
At two and a half, Rosie was diagnosed with Alopecia, an autoimmune disease that attacks the hair follicle which results in baldness. Instead of focusing on fixing her baldness, we shifted to raising a little girl who loves herself, hair or no hair.
We asked ourselves, why not transfer some of her most-prized paintings onto a head scarf? We surprised her with a head scarf using one of her favorite paintings. Rosie was overjoyed and asked, “What about the other bald kids? We should make these for all the bald kids who look like me. Can we do that?” Just like that, a little gift to our daughter fueled a mission to help others, something my husband and I would've never dreamed up ourselves.
We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to restore confidence, happiness and pride to anyone struggling with low self-esteem during their medical journey, especially bald children. Our vision is a world where every child goes to sleep proud of their differences.
We accomplish this by establishing Art Therapy Programs in children’s hospitals throughout the US. Since 2016, we’ve donated Smile Kits to hospitals and charity organizations around world, in order for children to create their very own head scarves and superhero capes. Each kit provides a child an outlet of creativity, and the ability to wear their masterpiece with a smile.