Mary Rozich Memorial Fundraiser for the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is a rare, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease, one of several Prion Diseases caused by prion proteins that misfold in the brain. There is no treatment or cure and the disease is invariably fatal. The mission of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation is to support families affected by Prion Disease, raise awareness, and support medical education and research. We carry out this mission through:

Our Mother's Story

Our vibrant, loving mother, Mary Rozich, was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), on October 13, 2018. After initially thinking she had contracted a flu virus four weeks earlier, she progressively declined in her cognitive, communication, vision, and gait abilities. Over the course of the twelve days following her diagnosis, she rapidly regressed, losing her ability to speak, recognize her husband and children, see, and eventually losing consciousness. After a few days of suffering from severe facial lymphedema and essentially falling into a comotose state, our intelligent, outgoing, amazing mom was taken from us by this hideous disease. Literally four weeks prior to her passing, she was living life as usual...actively involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren as well as countless people whom she poured herself into. Our beautiful mother was a selfless and giving individual and it is with her generous spirit in mind, that we work to raise awareness and funds that would go toward finding a cure for CJD.

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My Supporters

  • John Massoglia December 2018 $100.00
  • Anonymous December 2018
  • Pamela Ries Remembering Mary’s beautiful smile and selfless life. Her beautiful family is her legacy and testimony for the Christ-filled life she led. December 2018 $265.00
  • Burritt Family Your mom was so special in every way. She was the nicest person and set such a good example for everyone around her. It was an honor getting to know your mom while growing up. The Rozich family always made me feel like I was part of the family and it w November 2018 $106.00
  • Bob and Donna Kurti November 2018 $500.00
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  • Wolf Family Thank you for your work on behalf of families who have been impacted by this horrendous disease. The Wolf Family November 2018 $2,000.00
  • Bob and Donna Kurti November 2018 $500.00
  • Bausch + Lomb Surgical Team The loss of one's mother is by far the saddest event of anyone's lifetime. There is just no other loss that measures up to this one. We join in with everyone who knew your mom in wishing you peace and comfort as you face this very sad time. Our thoughts October 2018 $275.60
  • Pamela Ries Remembering Mary’s beautiful smile and selfless life. Her beautiful family is her legacy and testimony for the Christ-filled life she led. December 2018 $265.00
  • Dale & Colleen, Nathan & Serena, Samantha & Adam RITCHIE Rozich family, We have been blessed to have Mary for the past 33 years as our neighbor. As our kids were growing up Joe would bring treats Mary had made to our kids. These afternoon visits became a high point of Nathan and Samantha's growing up years. We c November 2018 $250.00
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