In June of 2005 Rose Newman McElroy died of stage IV breast cancer. She was 32 years old.

Rose valiantly battled the disease for two years but was still forced to leave behind her loving husband Scott and their two young boys Carson and Riley, who were just 3 and 5 at the time. Rose desperately wanted to live—as do the millions of other breast cancer victims around the world who have everything to live for, who are taken long before their time.

Breast cancer strikes one in every eight women in the United States and remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in women ages 15 to 54. No one should ever die of this devastating disease—particularly young women who have the bulk of their lives ahead of them.

In an effort to address this problem, we’ve partnered with the pioneering Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle to set up a research fund in Rose’s name. Every dollar raised goes directly to funding scientific research in early onset breast cancer. There is much we still do not understand about this disease and every new discovery bring us one step closer to understanding how to stop all breast cancers. But we can’t do it alone.

Together with your help we hope to gain a better understanding of the way the disease works and why breast cancer continues to show up earlier and earlier in families with a genetic history. One day soon, we intend to find a cure.

Life indeed goes on. And even in this most difficult of economic times we must not diminish our commitment to finding a cure. Cancer isn’t affected by the economy but research is. If you are in a position to help fund much needed research, please contribute. One day someone close to you may be grateful that you did.

We thank you.  

You can help by:

1. Donating to Rose’s fund
2. Continuing to notify other people so that they may help as well

Here’s how to donate:

Donate online by completing the form located here. Your information is safe, secure, and confidential.

By Telephone
Call (800) 279-1618, or in the Seattle area, (206) 667-4399. the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will accept your MasterCard, American Express, Discover or VISA number over the phone. Be sure to mention "Rose N. McElroy Fund."

By Fax
You may print the donation form located here: and fax it to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at (206) 667-5826. Be sure to write "Rose N. McElroy Fund" on the fax.

By Mail
Print and mail the form with your check made payable to FHCRC (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center). Be sure to write "Rose N. McElroy Fund" in the Memo location on your check.

Send the form and check to:
Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center
Contributions, J5-200
P.O. Box 19024
Seattle, WA 98109-1024

IMPORTANT: Be sure that you indicate on your FHCRC form that you want your donation to go to the "Rose N. McElroy Fund".