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November 20, 2018

Family, friends rally to help 1-year-old with leukemia

Friends and family of Rosie Kubik have rallied to a really big cause wrapped in a tiny and precious package.

The  then 11-month-old daughter of Lee and Cassie Kubik was disagonosed with acute leukemia in early August, less than a month before her first birthday on Aug. 26.

While on vacation in Rapid City, South Dakota, the Kubiks brought their little girl to urgent care because they felt something “wasn’t quite right.”

A week removed from a visit to a doctor’s office with symptoms consistent with teething, she now had bruises on her legs and purple spots on her arms and body. The eventual diagnosis was actute leukemia, marked by a white blood cell count close to 250,000.

Rosie was life flighted to Children’s Hospital in Omaha, spending time in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unite (PICU) with Pre B Cell Acute Lymphobasltic Leukemia.

The Kubiks, who live in Jackson, both have full-time jobs. She works for Tyson Foods, while he is employed at Nichols Rise & Company, LLC. Spending time with their daughter and also handling medical expenses became an immediate challenge.

That’s when family and friends stepped in to offer their support. A “Go Fund Me” drive called “Kisses for Rosie” had raised nearly $25,000 as of this week. A golf tournament — “A Round for Rosie” — was held on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Twin Creeks Golf Club with a silent auction and raffle. And another fund raiser  in the form of t-shirt sales with a “Rosie’s Renegades” logo is also underway.

Nearly 300 shirts have already been sold. They are available at

Rosie has completed her inititial induction phase of chemotherapy. She will be under treatment for about three years.

“Even though her numbers are still low and we had a few setbacks with fevers and viral bronchitis, we are still very optimistic and continue to be her advocate,” Cassie said.

“We have some amazing people in our lives. We want to thank everyone in Pender who helped or attended the golf tournament. We know Rosie is going to pull through this and come out on top. We trust God,  and ask people to please keep up the prayers for our fiery red head.”


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