Everyone can Make a Difference


Everyone can Make a Difference

Ana Rosario


Ana Rosario is a Hispanic 30-year-old woman who is in love with God and with humankind. With a compassionate nature, she has served in missions in Africa, aided trafficked women in Cyprus, and has a personal slogan that states “If only one life is changed by what I have been through, then it was all worth it”.

During her life, she has lost many family members from either cancer or cardiac issues. Her father is a cancer survivor; however, she has lost the grandmother who practically raised her in 2014, though she will be in her heart forever. Her grandmother is her motivation to be the light in the darkness for all the cancer patients that she will care for. She will also honor the nurse practitioner who intervened in her darkest valleys and encouraged her to start from zero on her path to a better life. 

  • Ana is a senior nursing student at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
  • Currently has a GPA of 3.77/4.00 (Magna Cum Laude). 
  • As a veteran of the national guard who never deployed overseas, she does not have any educational benefits. 
  • According to the Nurse Journal and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Cancer rates are projected to increase as the U.S. population ages, oncology nurse jobs will likely keep pace”. In addition, according to the American Oncology Network: “While the impact of a nursing shortage will cause ripples throughout the healthcare industry, it will have a greater effect on oncology”.

The specific purpose of this fundraiser is to be able to complete her last semester of nursing school, fulfill her expected graduation date in June 2022, and to help meet the high demand of nurses in the field of oncology (a branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer).

Justin Episcopo

Justin Episcopo, E5 Staff Sergeant in the International Guard for DC since April of 2011 is a Jet mechanic who unfortunately sustained a triple hernia in his groin area in 2019 while working. He underwent surgery in August 2019 and had a mesh inserted. He is experiencing complications from the mesh implant and required additional surgical procedures to remove the implant and remedy his medical issues. His wife suffers from epileptic seizures and he is the main source of income for the household. As a result of all of his medical issues Justin has used up all of his sick and annual leave time which leaves him with no income for his upcoming surgical procedures.

Nuriel Xzolazo

Army E4 Specialist Nuriel Xzolazo served six years working in Military Intelligence. Like many of our Veterans, upon returning home life for Nuriel has not been easy. After a couple jobs did not pan out in New York City, he relocated to South Florida in hopes of getting his life insurance producer’s license and a fresh start. Unfortunately, COVID hit South Florida hard and those plans quickly faded. Nuriel found himself not only unemployed, which meant he was unable to pay for his life insurance classes and fees associated with a life insurance producer license, he is now homeless also. Nuriel is determined to find a job so he can finally start to put his life back together.

James Brown

James Brown served in the United States Army for one tour plus three years in the reserve. He was stationed in Fort Louis, Washington in the Supply Division. Since his service in the army Petty Officer Brown has become the guardian of his two G-d sons, ages 15 and 18. He was also diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and had his prostate removed in 2019. During this time Petty Officer Brown was on medical leave from work and eventually laid off permanently due to the pandemic. He was able to collect unemployment until those funds ended. Unfortunately, the cancer came back this year and he had to undergo 40 sessions of radiation treatment, which made it impossible for him to return to the workforce. As a result, Petty Officer Brown has run out of funds and is now facing eviction with his two G-d sons. Please help Petty Officer Brown in any way you can.

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