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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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TITLE: Permian Basin Oilman’s Bass Invitational Draws Crowd and Grants Wishes

CAPTION: Rosie Alvarado gets her wish to visit Paris.

The annual Permian Basin Oilman’s Bass Invitational (PBOBI) fishing tournament took place this past weekend. The PBOBI has been an annual event for 23 years and raising funds for two Make-A-Wish® chapters – one in New Mexico and one in Texas. This year there were 204 teams fishing with some coming in from as far away as Oklahoma. There were several anglers present who have participated in all 23 tournaments. Over the years, PBOBI has raised $4,000,000 to support Make-A-Wish. This year, each chapter received a check for $85,000.

In past years the participants who were granted wishes were brought in from other areas but this year Del Rio had its very own Make-A-Wish child. Rosamaria (Rosie) Alvarado was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia about two years ago. It was then discovered she has a gene mutation which meant the leukemia would be back with a vengeance. The oncologist told her she would likely not survive the aggressive chemotherapy treatments she would need to combat the leukemia. But Rosie refused to give up. Her only hope was a bone marrow transplant and no match was found. Her doctors decided to try a half match and on August 27, 2015 Rosie’s mother, Diana Alvarado gave birth to her for a second time as she donated the bone marrow that saved Rosie’s life. Rosie is in remission now after a hard fought battle to get healthy.

Rosie gave a speech to the over 400 anglers, volunteers and friends at the Del Rio Civic Center on Saturday night. She discussed her illness and said, “I identify with the Eiffel Tower. It was supposed to be temporary and during World War II Hitler ordered it to be destroyed. But, just like me, the Eiffel Tower defied all odds and 128 years later it still stands tall.” Rosie’s dream and her wish was to visit Paris to see the Eiffel Tower for herself. On Saturday night, that wish was granted. Rosie and her parents will be going to Paris later this fall. She ended her speech with hope. “Hope is a small word but it means a lot to kids who are struggling with deadly diseases. They do not know what tomorrow will look like for them or if there will be a tomorrow. I want to give a huge thank you for giving us hope for a better, happier tomorrow.”

Make- A -Wish is always looking for volunteers to help grant wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions. If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer or donating to Make-A-Wish® North Texas, please call at 432-683-9474 or go online to ntx.wish.org.