Mother starts walk to honor her daughter’s memory
For most of her 32 years, Tanya Rosado was a healthy young woman who led a very busy lifestyle. The 1996 Liberty High School graduate was married to her husband, David, for 12 years, had an active 6 year old son, Jayden, and had a job as a service coordinator for Allentown recycling company.
Even as a child Tanya rarely got sick, except for a bout with mononucleosis when she was in high school, says her mother, Judy Negrete of Bethlehem.
But that rapidly changed she developed a sore throat in early March 2010. It left her feeling similar to how she did when she had mono. Her doctor prescribed antibiotics. But when she continued to feel worse, she took herself to the emergency room at a local hospital. and was admitted to the hospital the next day. Doctors told her family that a virus could affect her blood count. To determine if it was a virus or if it was something worse, they did a bone marrow biopsy.
When the doctor came to deliver the test results to her family, Judy, a nurse, could “tell by his face” the news wasn’t good. Tanya had acute myelogenous leukemia, a rapidly growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
She started chemotherapy the next day. But 10 days of treatments did little to put her cancer into remission, so she was sent to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for a bone marrow transplant, her only hope for survival. spent most of the next eight months at U of P, receiving more chemo, radiation and two transplants. When she was sent home in remission on 28, family was jubilant.
But all was not well for long. Within days, Tanya developed stroke like symptoms that most likely were complications from her aggressive treatments. She returned to U of P. Within two weeks, she was gone.
Judy’s eyes still fill with tears when she thinks of Tanya son Jayden’s last moments with his mother in the hospital. He wrapped his little arms around Tanya, who was unconscious, and told her she wasn’t supposed to leave for heaven until her hair grew back. “She had beautiful long hair and a beautiful smile,” Judy says. nearly a year since she lost Tanya, Judy has organized a fundraising walk in her honor the inaugural Walk in Memory of Tanya Rosado. Proceeds will benefit the National Marrow Donor Program, also known as the Be The Match registry, which provided her daughter with two transplants in an effort to save her life. Oct. 8 at Sand Island, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem. Box 1204, Bethlehem, PA 18016.
Judy hopes the walk give friends and family, including Jayden, now 7, the chance to come together and show their support.
My dear cousin Tanya, your beautiful smile and enormous heart will remain with us forever. You will never be forgotten and will always be remembered for your kindness, gorgeous smile, and care and love for others. May you rest in peace our Angel. You will never be forgotten and will always be remembered for your kindness, gorgeous smile, and care and love for others. May you rest in peace our Angel. I never forget her strength, grace and courage as she went through painful procedures to stay alive and be with her son, husband and loving family. I hope everyone who reads this will remember the words she posted in her CaringBridge journal last July (when she had no leukemic cells before her transplant) and consider joining this race or giving a donation: She wrote, “I want to make sure that tonight when you go home you look around really look around and see all you have been blessed with. Give your loved ones a kiss and hug and tell them you love them. Spend some quality time with them. Pretend that it the last time you will ever see them because tomorrow is not a guarantee for any of us. I know this now and I will never take for granted another day in my life I want the same for all of you!!! Love you all Tanya
It really all about love,
and I be there to honor support the love between this special young woman and her mom the rest of her supportive family. It won bring her back, but it will honor her and give resources to other people facing the challenges she met.