“I grew up in Nogales, Arizona and I remember crossing the border to Mexico with my mom many times when I was growing up,” said Rosette. “We would bring clothes and food to the kids there and it helped me realize that there are so many things I can do to help those who are less fortunate.”
Rosette later studied and was a member of the cheerleading team at the University of Arizona, where she frequently volunteered at the local children's hospital. After graduating and beginning her professional career she also volunteered on a Tucson community fundraising group and helped raise more than $160,000.
During that time, Rosette connected with Make-A-Wish Arizona staff member, Rob LaMaster, at a networking event and decided to turn her attention to children facing critical illnesses.
“Being part of this organization really puts things in perspective for me, the ‘bad day’ I’m supposedly having is nothing compared to the days some of these kids are having. I feel very blessed to be able to grant wishes and be part of their journey,” said Rosette, who moved to the Phoenix area two years ago. “I was surprised to see how much this role has impacted my life.”
Rosette currently is working on wishes for six children. “When I first met Victoria, she told me she wished to meet her favorite Disney Princess Ariel, and when I visited her the second time at her home she offered me a Tamarind candy, my favorite Mexican candy growing up!” said Rosette.
“Victoria and I have grown to have a really special bond, and when I drove home that night, her mom sent me a picture of her sleeping with the little mermaid I gave her and it was so touching,” she continued.
Rosette, who is bilingual, is happy to have found a volunteer community where she can use her skills to better connect with Spanish-speaking children and their families.
“I love the hands-on aspect and how you can have one-on-one conversations with the people you are helping,” she said. “Granting a wish isn’t something that you do once and forget; it is something you will take with you for the rest of your life.”
“These kids lose their identity, their friends, and their way of life, but a wish gives them hope,” she continued. “I go to bed at night feeling good about my place in the world, I really believe this is my purpose and God put me on this earth to help kids. I know this is what I’m meant to do.”
In addition to her work granting wishes, Rosette is an active member of the Valley of the Sun 20-30 club which is a philanthropic organization for professional women. Rosette is also dedicated to serving children all over the world.
“I traveled to Guatemala last summer to a build eco-friendly classroom out of recycled materials. This trip solidified one of my life purposes, to impact the lives of others, especially children,” she said.
If she could have her one true wish, Rosette says she would end child obesity.