Sunday, September 1, 2019

Please Join Me in Helping a Family in Need

Our girls with Victoria and Veronica Cools

Sometimes it feels like there is just too much suffering... I do hope to go back and share some of the more joyful moments we've had this past month, but first I have another serious prayer request for all my dedicated prayer warriors here at Shower of Roses. 

Shortly after moving from Oregon to Idaho we met Dan Cools and his youngest daughter Victoria at an event at our new parish. Our girls quickly became friends and we learned that his wife and second to youngest daughter, Veronica, were down in Mexico battling cancer... 

"Veronica was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in August of 2018. This aggressive cancer wrapped itself in and around her thigh bone with a high likelihood of mestastasis. Since hearing of the dreadful diagnosis, she has fought for her life. Over the course of an eight month period following diagnosis Veronica underwent extensive treatment, procedures, labs, scans, surgeries, including a full amputation of her leg."

Three months ago this beautiful, sweet and inspiring young lady was able to come home and we were blessed to meet her. Our four teens enjoyed spending time with the Cools girls over the summer and the above picture was taken at our boys' graduation party in July. 

Anyway... Despite all of their own challenges the Cools are so thoughtful and generous and insisted on dropping off dinner for our family the night I was in labor before delivering our little one! We were so glad they could join us the following week for the baby's baptism. At the baptism reception we were discussing plans for getting the girls together to celebrate Veronica's birthday, but unfortunately she received more devastating news the following day:  

"A PET scan was done and it was found that Veronica's cancer has aggressively returned. The cancer has metastasized to both lungs, her liver, some lymph nodes and a rib. The future is uncertain, but the family is holding tight to their faith and hope for a miracle."

Please, please pray for a miracle for this amazing girl...

In addition to our prayers, the Cools are also in need of our financial help and support. If you can help in any way, no matter how small, it would be greatly appreciated. Together we can at least help lighten the financial burden on this dear family.

"Expenses and bills don't stop arriving in the mailbox because of a cancer diagnosis, unfortunately. The Cools are again in addition to living expenses absorbing the cost for gas, lodging, and treatment expenses in Seattle which are coming to about $2400 a week."

Please pray for Veronica, and the whole Cools family, that God may continue to pour His grace upon them during this difficult time. May God reward you abundantly!

Prayer to Saint Peregrine

O great St. Peregrine, you have been called “The Mighty,” “The Wonder-Worker,” because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.

For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of Veronica Cools whom we entrust to you. Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy. Amen.

St. Ignatius of Loyola, ora pro nobis!
St. Camillus de Lellis, ora pro nobis!
St. Therese of Lisieux, ora pro nobis!
St. Peregrine Laziosi, ora pro nobis!

Update from Veronica's Dad: 
"We are asking family, friends and benefactors to pray to Blessed Archbishop Fulton Sheen as he needs a miracle for canonization. Of course if it be God’s will."


Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in Heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and by the working of the Holy Spirit. If it be according to Your Will, glorify Your servant, ARCHBISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN, by granting the favor I now request through his prayerful intercession (mention your request). I make this prayer confidently through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


  1. Oh, thank you for sharing! We will help!

    2019-09-01 22:56:15

  2. Helped the other day. Keeping them in my rosary especially Veronica🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    2019-09-01 23:17:17

  3. Praying and sending a donation. 💓💓

    2019-09-01 23:25:27

  4. St. Peregrine PLEASE intercede for the healing of this young lady's cancer. Give her and her family peace of body, mind and soul throughout this entire ordeal.

    2019-09-01 23:28:38

  5. Many many many prayers for Veronica to be healed!

    2019-09-02 00:46:58

  6. Prayers for your family and the Cools

    2019-09-02 01:22:06

  7. Praying! Thank you for sharing this!

    2019-09-02 01:34:21

  8. St. Philomena, Patroness of blood disorders, pray for us!

    2019-09-02 02:09:33

  9. Will pray! I actually grew up with some of Veronica's relatives & currently her aunt teaches my son's CGS class at our parish.

    2019-09-02 14:23:43

  10. Veronica will be in our daily prayers for a complete cure. God Bless Joan,Marilyn and Marion

    2019-09-02 18:03:18

  11. Hugs sweet Veronica! You are in our hearts. To add to the spiritual bouquet generated here among readers I add that you are being remembered in the mass and prayers at the Basilica of Nuestra Senora Guadalupe.

    2019-09-02 22:16:53

  12. I will be praying for you and your family every day, Veronica, especially to Bl. Chiara Luce Badano! Thank you for the love and inspiration in your smile! Love, Lena

    2019-09-04 16:21:54

  13. I will be praying for Veronica!

    2019-09-06 19:26:53

  14. Praying for this beautiful family! Venerable Fulton Sheen, pray for us! God bless!

    2019-09-07 14:54:31

  15. Prayers and pleas for Veronica and her family. St Peregrine protect this child. Thank you for sharing.

    2019-09-07 21:08:17

  16. Archbishop Sheen needs a miracle. Pray for his intercession.

    2019-09-07 23:29:19

  17. Praying for healing, and continued peace knowing that Christ will always be there by their side through all of this. Jesus, we trust in You!

    2019-09-13 04:00:46

  18. I was thinking of the Cools this morning and it just hits me, do they know about Venerable Antionietta Meo? Same cancer, in a little girl of 7. Her story is incredible, I know the priest who is translating her letters in to English. Maybe they would find comfort or a miracle in her.

    2019-09-16 02:13:00

  19. I offered an hour of adoration for her last night, and am remembering Veronica and her family in all my prayers! I’ll continue to ask my friends & family to pray for her as well. Blessed Fulton J. Sheen, pray for us!

    2019-10-05 01:52:32

  20. May God bless you for your efforts.

    2019-10-18 18:44:28


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