Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Beautiful Loving Eulogy written for Rose by Rose's dearest friend Kathy Lombardo

Rose’s Quilt

As we get older our lives are analogous to a handmade quilt, each segment representative of a memory, event, celebration or family gathering. Before many of us knew Rose our life segments, or quilts, consisted of being consumed with the mundane facets of life… going to work, running errands and being too busy to enjoy that which is important in life, and that is the gift Rose has given us…

It has no cost yet is priceless, and cannot be placed in a box and gift wrapped, yet it is opened each day… the gift of color.

Rose has changed our black and white lives and has given them wonderful hues. She has taught us to enjoy the warm lavenders of a hydrangea plant, the vibrant yellows of moonbeam flowers and the aroma of lilacs in full bloom. Rose has given us the aquamarine colors of the ocean, the warmth of the fawn colored sand beneath our feet, the wonder of the vast turquoise sky and the comfort of the bright golden sun as each new day reveals itself.

And so you see her life’s quilt is far more colorful than yours or mine, and although not complete is filled with more warmth, compassion, and memories than most people. And yes, although it contains the vibrant hues of her gardens and the serene colors of the beach, the center of Rose’s “life” quilt is reserved for family and friends, for that is where the rich redness of her heart lived.

Yes, life will be forever changed without Rose, but it is also forever changed because of her. She has made us look at life in a different way… through “Rose colored glasses” where the simplicities of life are appreciated and the colors of life are realized.

And so my dear friend Rose we thank you for turning our black and white world into vivid colors, and we thank you for not allowing us to take for granted the beauty of life that surrounds us.

We love you and will miss you dearly. May you rest in peace and continue to watch over us as we nurture the seeds you have planted and help each other complete your beautifully colored life’s quilt. I love you my friend.

Kathy Lombardo


a beacon of hope for those affected by Ovarian Cancer & Gynecologic Cancers

About Us:

LI OCEANS is an acronym for Long Island Ovarian Cancer Education Advocacy Network & Support. Our group is comprised of women living with Ovarian & Gynecological cancers, from the newly diagnosed to the long-term survivor.

In 2004, several women personally affected by Ovarian Cancer met, exchanged ideas, shared stories, identified the need for change, merged ultimate values and priorities and then made a decision that would transform lives.

They didn't know where they would find the time, the energy, nor the money to create an organization for women with Ovarian & Gynecologic Cancers, but they forged ahead nevertheless, with hope as their guiding light. They knew that without their understanding, passion and strength that other women with ovarian cancer would continue to suffer in isolation.

LI OCEANS recognized the urgent need for awareness; advocacy and action-they aspired to be the voice for Ovarian Cancer and save the precious lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, friends & neighbors!

Our goal is to create awareness among women the medical community and the greater population regarding early warning signs and symptoms that may be indicative of ovarian cancer, resulting in earlier detection.

Our purpose is to provide support, resources, networking, and education for those women diagnosed with ovarian and gynecologic cancers. We support the advancement of research for early detection and cure of ovarian cancer.

Our mission is to educate, advocates with the ultimate hope to eradicate this deadly disease!

LI OCEANS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit approved by the IRS. Your tax-deductible contributions allow us to continue our battle against ovarian cancer, to raise awareness in the community and to provide education and support to ovarian cancer victims and their families through a network of survivors.

How Can I Help? We are always in need of volunteers!

We need people just like you! Please Help Get the Word Out!

We need you! Tell someone you love about ovarian cancer and the symptoms to watch. When you care, keeping quiet is not an option. Until there’s a test, word of mouth is best.

Together we can save lives.

Volunteer your time and talents to get the word out.

LI OCEANS INC greatly appreciates the support from our friends who host fundraising events on the LI OCEANS behalf.

If you would like to host an event to benefit the LI OCEANS here are a few ideas:

Rubber Duck Race
House party/ tea party or picnic
Walking/Running Event
Night At The Races
Hiking or Biking Event
Health and wellness day at your local workout club
Game night - Trivia night- Poker Party-Name that tune
Karaoke Yard Sale- Plant Sale- Bake Sale
Wine Tasting -wine and cheese evening
Fashion show
Murder Mystery-50’s,60’s,70’s Dance
Host A Teal Awareness Day
Golf tournament -tennis tournament

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.