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    Sonora RoseSonora Rose is a miracle.

    Babies born with the rare and serious congenital heart defect Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome are blue babies, operated on immediately. Sonora Rose wasn’t diagnosed for nine months! (Talk about falling through the cracks!)

    Since her diagnosis, Sonora Rose has had five open-heart surgeries. At present she is on oxygen. Scheduled Surgery #4 was to be her final one. It didn’t work. Emergency Surgery #5 (the same day) was to undo Surgery #4. Doctors are hopeful she can live until four or five without additional surgery. (Obviously more will be required!) Sonora Rose is two years old.

    This past June, on their way to one of Sonora Rose’s many doctor’s appointments, their car’s tire blew out in a construction zone, went out of control, and rolled. Kathryn — fueled by adrenaline and a mother’s protective instinct — climbed out the driver side window of her upside down car, crawled to the other side, broke through the glass window (seriously injuring her arm) to free her daughter.They both survived. The car did not.

    Because Sonora Rose requires constant hands-on care (and has lots of doctors appointments), Kathryn, Sonora Rose’s mother, is unable to work. (Sonora Rose’s father chose not to be a part of her life.) How then to acquire a replacement car?

    ‘Tis the season of Miracles. ‘Tis also the season of Giving. Let’s keep the two alive by helping Sonora Rose’s mother get a new car by getting them on the Ellen Show. PLEASE take a few moments to help by emailing (or writing) Ellen Degeneres.

    Sonora Rose on Ellen Show

    To make it as easy as possible, I’ve provided a letter which fits within the show application’s 1500 character limit. You need only fill in your information, cut & paste the letter in its spot, add the Facebook url, and hit send! (Or you can go cut and paste the text into a letter and send it off via snail mail.)

    Letters to EllenYour small action can make a HUGE difference.

    Whatever your reason for doing this, warm fuzzies, good Karma, “just because,” or some other, I thank you (as I am sure Kathryn does.) Together let’s bring about a really good thing (a.k.a. a miracle).

    Please spread the word! Get social networks humming! Forward/link/refer others to this post. Hit those social networking buttons on the bottom. Get this on FB and Twitter. Pass along the info to your people. Tweet Ellen. Be inspired. Write your owns post about this amazing young girl. You can find out more about Sonora Rose on Facebook and Instagram .

    Together we CAN make a difference. Our little bits of effort CAN bring about a miracle. So let’s do it!

    Thank you.


    For electronic communication

    For snail mail communication: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, PO Box 7788, Burbank, CA 91522

    Ellen–This is the miraculous story of Sonora Rose Atwater.

    Sonora Rose has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a rare and serious congenital heart defect. Even rarer is the fact she remained undiagnosed for 9 months — unheard of in the medical community — as babies born with this condition are blue babies and operated on immediately.

    Sonora Rose has now had five open heart surgeries. Scheduled Surgery #4 was to be her final one. It didn’t work. Emergency Surgery #5 (the same day) was to undo Surgery #4. She is currently on oxygen. She requires additional heart surgery. (Without it she can expect to live until she is four [maybe five] years old.) Sonora Rose is two-years old.

    Sonora Rose and her mother were in a bad car accident in June when their car rolled over after a tire blow out in a construction zone on Hwy 62. They both survived. Their car did not.

    Sonora Rose requires constant monitoring and care so her mother, Kathryn, is unable to work. Getting a replacement car is beyond her means. You can help in a way very few others could (or would). Here’s hoping you will. *smiles*

    For more information, please go to Sonora Rose Atwater’s Facebook page:

    or contact her mother, Kathryn, directly:
    +1 (831) 247-1997

    Thank you.


    A photograph must be uploaded with the Ellen on-line application. Am a little confused as to how it works, but my understanding is you simply copy the url. Fingers crossed this works. (If not there might be a bit of downloading and uploading involved.)

    Sonora Rose photo

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    Josanne - December 11, 2013 - 12:40 am

    A heart wrenching story.
    I have liked the FB page and written my ‘letter’ to Ellen.
    Let’s hope that something can be done to help this child and her mother. A new car is the least they deserve

    Kat - December 11, 2013 - 7:56 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. I hope they are selected to be on the show and that they receive a new car. Good luck!

    Tana Bevan - December 11, 2013 - 9:46 am

    Thank you Josanne. Thank you very much for spreading the word about this amazing young girl.

    Tana Bevan - December 11, 2013 - 9:48 am

    You and me both, Kat. You and me both. It would be an incredible rush of warm fuzzies to know our small actions helped bring this about. Let’s keep putting this out there and make it happen. Woo-hoo!

    Kathleen - December 12, 2013 - 10:35 am

    I just submitted my email! :)
    Warm thoughts and prayers for beautiful Sonora Rose and her mother.

    Tana Bevan - December 12, 2013 - 11:06 am

    Yay! Thanks so much Kathleen. Please spread the word amongst your friends, via email, FB, or whatever other form of social media you’re on. Let’s put some action behind our good thoughts & prayers & see if together we can get them on the Ellen show and in a new car! Wouldn’t that be great?