By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2012
Michelle Hayes of Rejoice Church and Beverly and Harry Lossing of McDonald’s.
On June 6, 2012, Owasso almost lost one of its youngest residents when two-and-a-half-year-old Rosalie Goodwin nearly drowned in a neighborhood pool. Rosalie was rescued from the water, but she has been fighting for breath ever since in a local hospital. During that time, the Owasso community has rallied around the Goodwin family, who needs help with the huge medical expenses being incurred as each day passes.
Tim and Patty Rich, owners of both Owasso McDonald’s locations (76th Street North and 116th Street North), are joining forces with Rejoice Church and First Christian Church of Owasso to help defray some of these costs. They are sponsoring a fundraiser for the Rosalie Goodwin Medical Fund featuring all-you-can-eat hotcakes (and the first piece of sausage free) on August 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the purchase of a $5 ticket, available at First Christian Church and Rejoice Church. Beverley and Harry Lossing, guest relations for McDonald’s in Owasso, and Michelle Hayes, director of early childhood ministry at Rejoice Church, have been working hard to organize and get the word out about this event. “Shortly after Rosalie’s accident, the McDonald’s owners and staff got to talking about the situation and what we could do to help,” says Beverley. “This is what we came up with.”
The idea was shared with Michelle Hayes and met with enthusiastic response. Michelle attends church with the Goodwin family and has been in awe of the spirit of the family during this two-month long battle. “This is a family of faith, not only Rosalie’s parents, Tiffany and Wade, but the extended family as well,” says Michelle. “I would call it ‘unwavering faith.’ It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen.”
Michelle has spent time at the hospital with Tiffany Goodwin and relates what she has witnessed about this courageous woman. “I’ve been inspired by Tiffany’s concern for all the other families in the PICU during her own time of need. She knows all their stories, speaks encouragement to them, and prays for them, looking beyond her own circumstances,” says Michelle. “One thing that Tiffany has said to me over and over is that this has taught her to live moment by moment in God’s hands, which is hard for her because she has always been a planner, and to be grateful for each day’s blessings with each small improvement.” To keep everyone updated on these improvements, the family has set up a Facebook page: Please Pray for Rosalie.
“The Owasso McDonald’s is donating all of the food and labor to this event so that the $5 from each ticket is donated directly to the Rosalie Goodwin Medical Fund,” says Beverley. “The reason McDonald’s is doing this is because owners Tim and Patty Rich appreciate how God has blessed their business with great community support,” adds Harry. “They want to give back to the community that has been so good to them.”
13413 E. 106th St. N. Owasso, OK 74055