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Milestones Spring/Summer 2007

by, Tiffany Cioffi

Breast Center Has an Angel of Its Own

Rose Grossman, a para-legal, mother, baker and philanthropist, had an idea to raise money for breast cancer research. It all started when she began making jewelry for herself and her friends. Her friends saw her amazing talent and encouraged her and before she knew it, she opened her own business, “Frostings by Rose”. Now, one and a half years later, business is booming and Rose is continuing to come up with more ways to expand her business. 

Her idea to raise money for breast cancer research came from a personal experience. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer over 25 years ago and is a survivor of the disease. She was deemed a “miracle patient” and credited the late Dr. Lester Barnett of Monmouth Medical Center as the doctor who saved her life. As fate would have it, Dr. Lester Barnett ended up being Rose’s grandfather-in-law many years later. Today, in honor of her mother, Rose makes beautiful pink angel pins with the breast cancer ribbon, she then donates $5 back to the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center to be used for breast cancer research.

Rose sells her pins at house parties and boutiques and says, “when I see how many pins I sell I can’t believe how many people are affected by breast cancer”. Rose has recently added to her collection of breast cancer items a beautiful sterling silver bookmark with pink swarski crystals and the pink ribbon charm. Her collection of custom made jewelry includes rosary beads, menorahs, specialized children’s jewelry, cut glass pendants, mother’s bracelets, tooth fairy charm bracelets as well as earrings, necklaces, anklets and rings. Most recently, she has added candy wrapper handbags to her “Frostings by Rose” line of merchandise. They are pocketbooks that come in various sizes and are made out of actual candy wrappers. The handbags are made by women in Honduras and profits from their sale are used to buy textbooks for school children in Honduras.

Rose thanks her mother everyday for giving her the “creative gene” and says “all I want to do is something for me -- to relax and get creative. If I sell it and make money, even better”. She feels fortunate to be able to donate back money to help find a cure for the disease that nearly took her mother’s life as well as to be able to help other women and children, as she does through her candy wrapper handbags sales.

For more information on Rose Grossman and how to purchase her angel pins, please call 732-531-5321 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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