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Readers Share Wishes, Prayers for Grandmother, Dying Girl from Trenton

Someone may be taunting them on Facebook, but many Patch readers poured out kindness and support for a little girl from Trenton, MI, with Huntington's disease and her grandmother.

News came out Friday of a police report filed by a Trenton, MI, woman whose dying granddaughter was taunted on Facebook, claiming

Since then, Patch readers from California to Texas to and as far away as the United Kingdom have chimed in with well wishes and offers of support for the girl.

Many of the messages expressed the thoughts and prayers of perfect strangers for 7-year-old Kathleen Edwards, who is dying of Huntington's disease, and her grandmother, Rebecca Rose, who now cares for her. Rose's mother and Kathleen's mother, Laura Edwards, died of the same disease in 2009.

Many readers asked how to help, and if the family needed anything.

Rose asked readers to forward all donations to the Huntington's Disease Society of America. Huntington's disease, according to the National Institutes of Health, is a disorder passed down through families in which certain nerve cells in the brain waste away, or degenerate. "Let's take this and use it to help cure Huntington's disease, and help Kathleen," Rose said.

These are some of more than 100 emails today:

I believe that is far more powerful to see an outpouring of constructive love and support, shielding victims from further insult and offense, and besting hate with loving care. ...  I hope that something very constructive comes from your article, and that this is an enormous 'teaching opportunity' for positive response, rather than one which brings about vigilantism.— Lana Gordon of Houston, Texas

Thank you, for reporting this story, I have a 20-year-old son with multiple disabilities and is nice to know that if something like this ever happened to him people would stand up for him. — carmenaq23

I would like to send this little girl an encouraging card to help take away the sting of the negativity this woman is inflicting on her. Where can I send a card and what do you think of a 'card shower' for Kathleen? We do these at my church for people who are ill or house bound and stuff like that. I think it would definitely cheer her up and show her that there are more nice people out there thinking of her ... — Paula Beeman

People who are just plain cruel are hard to deal with. I suggest that Rebecca Rose and her sweet grandchild close their Facebook accounts and re-open them under a different name, similar to their own. Then they can contact all their friends that are trustworthy how to find them. Blessings and love.—Patty

Hello, I'm a 33-yr-old mother of 5 children in Flint, MI. My heart sunk when I read your (article). It brought tears to my eyes. I had a son that passed away in 2007 who was 6 yrs. He battled an illness that (ultimately) claimed his life. I could not imagine what the grandmother or child could be going (through). ... I'm just a small no-one. But, I really wish I could do something. If my words of heartache for the grandmother were only the thing needed, to heal the heart of a mother who has lost her daughter and is watching helplessly as her granddaughter goes would help. I give them freely. I grieve for her loss, her granddaughter, and the lack of compassion from others. I know that my spelling is not the best and I may need to take an English 101 class. But, my heart really goes out to Rebecca, the memory of her daughter, and her granddaughter. — Landcleair Galloway of Flint, MI

I would like to send a card of support and encouragement to Rebecca Rose and her granddaughter, Kathleen. I am wondering if you would provide me with an address that would reach them? Thank you so much. — Patty Daum

I have a handicapped daughter and I would like to help the grandmother with money for a lawyer if I could ... please have her send me a email ... making fun of a handicapped child is not a smart thing to do ... God looks after these children ... I know personally, because of all of the miracles I see around my daughter.... thanks for your time...—ray

Is there any initiative to set up a fund for this little girl and her grandmother to take a trip to escape the local circus? Being a seven year old little girl, I'm sure she has a lot of unanswered dreams and wishes. Is there any way to set up an online fund to make donations to perhaps secure a trip for her (and siblings, if there are any) and her grandmother to spend a week or so at Disney World and a resort?— sunny32127

How sad that people do such terrible things to others. Where is their heart? ... Rose my heart goes out to you on your loss. May God be with you and your family.— Beverly

Hang in there! When you have the time, get a children's lawyer for your daughter. I will help you speak up for child. We all will help you. — Maria

Want us to share your thoughts with Rose and Kathleen? Share them below or email editor Nate Stemen at nate.stemen@patch.com. Please make sure you keep it clean, and stick to our terms of use—(be nice, be fair basically).

Josie Bennett June 21, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Dear Kathleen and Rebecca, Just to let you know that not all people are as mean-spirited and uncaring as your old neighbor, I will keep you both in my prayers! I know your Mama is looking after you from Heaven. God bless and Keep you safe! Love and Prayers, Josie, Franklin, WI
Crystal Krcelic Ballard June 21, 2011 at 02:37 AM
My heart goes out to your family after reading your story. The wordly people you speak of are overcome with sin and the devil is hard at work to keep it this way. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”—Matthew 12:36-37. My most repeticious bible quote comes from Phil 4:13 which says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." You will be kept in constant prayer in our family. Bless you.
paula June 21, 2011 at 03:14 AM
My heart goes out to the grandmother Rose, I am a grandmother myself and I know it would just destroy me if anything ever happened to my grandsons. You have to keep the faith and trust in the lord above, for he will take care of things. I wouldn't let such heartless, evil people like the petkovs get to you or your precious granddaughter. The devil has his minions working for him....these "people" are obiviously the devil's minions. Just say a prayer for they find jesus christ and ignore them......I know easier said than done BUT you have a precious gift from the lord....your granddaughter to be more concerned for. The lord will take care of them in his own way, in his own time.
Lisa Plasky June 21, 2011 at 05:00 AM
The fact that this whole situation started over Jennifer Petkov feeling her children were slighted by not being invited to a birthday party at neighbor Rebecca Rose's home, is incomprehensible. The way that the community and people from all over the world have come together to show Kathleen and her family love and positivity is amazing. It would be easy for me to say that everyone should just ignore the negativity and ignore the Petkovs and their alleged continuing antics, but I'm not the one that lives across the street from them and is on the receiving end of it. I wish continued and renewed strength to Rebecca Rose and her family who I imagine must always keep up a brave front where Kathleen is concerned to shield her from the negativity and its effects on them. As for the rest of the community, perhaps ignoring the Petkov's and not giving them or their actions any more attention outside of reporting any illegal activity would be best as they seem to enjoy all of this and apparently are never going to completely stop. Too bad all of the money donated and monetary value of donations couldn't have been set up into one big fund to help Kathleen and her family just find a new home somewhere else - no they should not have to be the ones to move but it seems it would be worth it to get away from these people.
Lisa Plasky June 21, 2011 at 05:10 AM
As far as facebook, *shaking my head*, it seems that anyone who chooses to be associated with it is fair game for harassers and for those who use it as a means of terrorizing others and infiltrating and upsetting others' lives, even trying to assume another individual's identity. It seems in these cases that the violators' rights to free speech and privacy are fiercely protected while the people they victimize are left to deal with the fallout of the violators' actions.
Lisa Plasky June 21, 2011 at 05:29 AM
In the original story it was reported that "Rose filed the latest complaint with Trenton police Thursday, after she said she received several messages on her Facebook page from a Facebook user claiming to be the Petkovs at about 9:30 p.m." Not that I would begin to defend the Petkov's but I hope the Trenton Police proceed with caution and thorough investigating on this one as unfortunately when a case gains the notoriety that this one has, it can result in "copycat crimes", the continuation of the cruelty being carried out by copycats who think it's funny or would like to see the original perpetrator in further trouble. To just assume it is a certain individual would be to possibly let another violator go free. For every person wrongly accused, a guilty person walks free. If you go after the wrong person the crimes will only continue. I hope that whomever is involved in terrorizing Rebecca Rose and her family is caught and properly punished and that the law continues to punish the Petkov's for any further crimes they commit.
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey June 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM
That's a great point, Lisa. I think you are the first commenter to make it. Obviously this is a police report, not a charge or conviction, so yes, please keep that in mind.
Rita Mangus June 21, 2011 at 03:00 PM
I pray that God will give you and your granddaughter peace, and close the mouths of the mean & hurtful people that hurt you and that little girl. May God be with you.
Russ Rodriguez June 21, 2011 at 07:03 PM
It is truly sad that someone could be so cruel, regardless of the situation. Whoever this woman is, she must really have a sad, lonely, and painful life. I certainly hope that she can find a glimmer of hope, as well as love for herself and others, so she can see how wrong she has been and apologize for her cruel words and actions. I have experienced firsthand the effects of Huntington's Disease, as my Mom and three older sisters have all died from it. It is not easy to see people you love succumb to the degenerative effects, and actions like this woman's don't help at all. While the onset of HD varies within families, the juvenile form that her granddaughter has is generally considered rare. Rebecca Rose, my heart and prayers are with you as you provide the much needed loving care for your granddaughter. I strongly encourage everyone in her community to rally around and provide this family with support. A little respite time goes a long way. and please, follow her advice and go to www.hdsa.org to learn more.
brian anteau June 24, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Excellent job getting this story out before the " Big News Media." This is Hometown reporting at it's finest! Best wishes to the Rose family. Brian Anteau.
Karen June 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Good morning everyone I believe they are posting positive loving comments of support here I have posted what I would do for this criminal act of breaking an order of protection. Remember this child must be protected, LOVED, and supported as she is by the community. When you have now nationwide attention for I read of this down here in Texas and reacted and will continue to do so well, God is watching over the grace and love of all who step forward in this tragedy and in HIS love and light. Suggestions would be to do the positive posts here and go to the article on the "criminal act" to make good suggestions to those who MUST report to police when and every time that order is broken much love and peace to all in this community...
Karen June 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM
There is a crime. The order of protection is being broken and a 97 day sentence is promised this "lady" for breaking it and it MUST be called in. All who witness this do so if she is there at 2 a.m. in bed perfect timing PLEASE do this.
Sue June 25, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Her new address 29277 Hidden River Dr. Rockwood, MI 48173-1247 This was on Facebook.
Sue June 25, 2011 at 02:10 PM
I meant to add the Rockwood address is where Jennifer Petkov is now.
Karen June 25, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Hi everyone do you really think that is published on fb so someone could come where she really is from what readers and neighbors state she is holed up in the house where she is NOT allowed and coming and going wide open with her husband. I've read this from several neighbors why would anyone not want her to suffer the outcome of the protection order? Peace.
Karen June 25, 2011 at 03:29 PM
In Texas if you fear for your life the police WILL NOT release who is filing the complaint and in short, the JUDGE by granting a protection order has done so to protect the family so abused and the woman near hit by that lady with her vehicle! By NOT reporting these events to the Judge and the PD you are further empowering someone who is at the very least attempting and has caused harm to many. No one in their right mind would have the gall to abuse a dying woman and her dying child and the family members who are supporting and loving them. Show this family true love and empowerment by making sure the LAW is enforced. My prayers are with this community and the family at all times. I understand this is not easy and that sometimes one thinks "if I do not get involved it won't hit my home" but it has; when someone is driving around with a coffin on their truck, attempting to kill with a car I DO NOT care if they are insane there is another form of that called "criminally insane" and being a threat to normals is bad enough what about that family with terminally ill and all the strength they need. I do believe now that ya'll have national attention that the police will do their job people just give them what they need to do the job. Like I said at 2 a.m. when someone is asleep is a perfect time to call them over...Peace...
Karen June 25, 2011 at 03:43 PM
(1) Kathleen, this spot is for you, and to wish you well. I know it must be confusing for you being so very young and not feeling well. I happen to be a nurse, and a researcher, but more importantly a MOM of five beautiful daughters--you inspire such LIGHT in my heart for you are so very much like them! I know you have been told what a beautiful and smart young lady you are for it shows in your expression. I know this year in your life has been difficult, make sure no matter what if you need "Gramma" to know you feel any thing new or different so she can call the doctor (grrrr) and get you all the help you need. I won't press religion on you but there is a Creator of this earth who truly LOVES us all; I was taught HE made us each in HIS own image. That means you are a wonderful angel; a brilliant diamond, and a spark of light in your community. I believe each day you shower your "Gramma" with a hug, a look of love is giving her the strength to carry on. We "Grammas" can get tired. I have some serious health issues and have walked a fine line where you might think you hate seeing those doctors or hospitals and NURSES TOO, but just be honest so they can give you all you need when you are not feeling good. Yes I do not know you personally but can tell you there is a reason that GOD made me aware of you, and your wonderful family. I am down in Texas, and want you to know there are millions of people all over this huge world thinking of you and sending a smile your way.
Karen June 25, 2011 at 03:45 PM
(2) Now it is summer and if you see roses blooming know that you are that fresh summer flower lighting up our lives and we want the best for you. I told one of my adult daughters (in Virginia) of your family and she has a little girl your age that looks so much like you--we are all sending you our LOVE, our strength, and prayers that you will feel stronger, and ask for ALL you need when feeling sick. Your family is wonderful and let them love you and hold you in their arms for GOD holds us all in HIS arms all we need to do is ask. Since this page is for you and your family Kathleen please know I admire your strength, your beauty, and know that all that hurts and is confusing will pass if you just open your heart and mind to God. Peace little one and so much love, Karen...
Dolores Paiva Jackson July 22, 2011 at 11:59 PM
i don't know you, but I love you and so does God. I am sending love, prayers, and good wishes your way. Consentrate on your blessings.......Trust in the Lord to take good care of you both....God Bless You..........LOVE, from Dolores............
Diane August 13, 2011 at 03:52 AM
You sweet sweet angels of our Lord. Jesus was badgered too. You are in great company. There is much love pouring your way. My Christ's love embrace you through these trying times. <3
Jacklyn Pomales January 12, 2012 at 08:24 PM
No child or family should have to endure such a horrible disease, let alone such abusive behavior from such truly horrible neighbors. You are now with God and he will watch over your sweet soul. Even though I do not know you, my heart is saddened over your loss. God love your wonderful Grandma and may he watch over her and give her some peace in her soul.
andrea Masotti January 12, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I am blazing angry....to do this to a family who has been through so much...God go with them. I am the mother of a multi-disabled young woman, and she too had been taunted and bullied, to the degree I moved her to a very small private school to finish her education. It was an eye-opener these years to see cruelty walking. Despite our First Amendment rights, I strongly believe the disabled should be better protected under the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act)...this type of harrassment should be met with criminal charges, fines and jail time...they are hate crimes, period. and must be treated as such. I lobby daily in my community and everyone else should do the same and perhaps we can get A Rose Law in place. God Bless the Family. Ann Masotti
Kim Fox January 13, 2012 at 12:54 AM
God bless you both, stay strong and remember that God does not like ugly. I can't imagine that anybody who was sane could do what the has done to your family. Her day will come and it won't be in heaven where your child and grandchild will lie in peace.
Katrina Flinn January 13, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I hope the best for everyone who has suffered because of this ugly situation and pray for all that have been hurt. My hopes and wishes are with this family.
carl January 13, 2012 at 02:17 AM
This by far is one of the sickest individuals I have ever heard about my heart goes out to the young girl and her mother that passed away I can only wish that the SOB of a neighbor dies a death a 1000 times worse than the poor child and her mother
carl January 13, 2012 at 02:21 AM
just short if you dont like my comment tough shit jennifer petrov burn in hell
Karen January 13, 2012 at 04:23 AM
I wrote this a month before my own child Jennifer was killed in a MVA (July 25, 2011) in Richmond, Virginia. I never got to see her again but you will sweet child and I know that our Creator is kind loving and your purpose. Angels walk on this earth, and as I read my words to you just a month before I lost my own beloved daughter I feel your presence and hers together. I know your Momma is there, my father is there some of the wonderful people on earth walk there today. We are promised the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ when we reach the Kingdom and I have died three times and been sent back; I never questioned His love for taking my own child as I spoke to you a month before I lost her. I hope she got to read about you for she was a young mother of two beautiful girls the reason I sent her this article too was you look so much like my grandgirl Hazel Marie and I think how she misses her Mom here on earth. I do know we cannot worry the angels so know that so many are worried about you but more so "justice" and if they have done the right thing then all will pursue the hater the sick and evil woman who a mother herself dared touch a child of God (you). Rest well dear child I have not been angry in that God took my own daughter--or you and know that if you see our tears it is because we miss you but love you and now you can look upon us in peace and love..
Karen January 13, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I should have realized (for I am long winded) that if I put a number 1 there would be a 2. The daughter in Virginia is the one who died too or should we truly call this "lived" for heaven is infinite. Right now I am accepting traumatic feelings of loss that I have deflected until today an email arrived letting me know you had crossed over. I had wished for you the beauty that you were to us here for your physical being was radiant regardless of pain and incapacity. I know if I pushed my Jennifer to read this story for she carried my sense of justice on this earth (I miss her so right now) but she has your hand, today you can walk, run, skip among the beautiful pasture, and wild flowers. There is constant comfort; no effort taken to be--one is light as air, as buoyant as a hot air balloon and graceful. No one knows (until heaven) that God is the father and mother of us all, that HE lifts us up and carries us with a strength and magnitude unknown. Right before we die all of our years each millisecond and action; whether taking a bite of cereal or the flu one had in second grade is remembered; when I began to pass this happened and those long and terrible years before I died were a mere millisecond and then gone. It is as if one becomes a star a shooting star as vibrant and powerful as lightning but contained and filled with a light (love), and togetherness with the Maker (love) and with all of humankind who has passed before.. As a mother I ache but love and trust God.
Donna Beck January 13, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Live in Peace Kathleen and Laura. God has called you to Him to live an eternal life of peace and glory. Grandma Rose, I pray for His blessing upon you during this time of loss. Cry not for their deaths...but rejoice that they now live.
Terri Rose January 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I heard of Kathleen Edwards passing today and pray now for her grandmother Rebecca Rose. My thoughts and prayers will be with you at this time. May you be comforted to know that she is once again joined with the souls of her parents. They will live in your heart and soul. Picture her embracing her parents Rebecca and know that she is free of the illnesses that affect the physical body. Namaste. Blessings Grandmom Rose

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