Pete Rosell huges his dog, Daytona, who visited him at Chandler Regional dressed in a doctor's gown.


In life, when situations become difficult and unbearable to handle, it seems that a family’s love is a way to keep all the pieces together.

Ahwatukee resident Pete Rosell knows this all too well after being diagnosed with leukemia in August.

Rosell’s wife, Beth, said initially they felt he was showing some symptoms of being diabetic, where his blood sugar levels would run higher than normal, and he was losing weight at a rapid rate.

They visited their family physician, where Rosell was administered different test to figure out what exactly was going on.

The morning after the doctor’s visit, Rosell received a call from the doctor’s office instructing him to immediately check himself into an emergency room because his tested results showed he possibly had a form of leukemia.

The news about Rosell’s diagnosis initially came as a shock to his family because they would have never guessed leukemia to be the problem.

“We were expecting diabetes, and nowhere did we ever imagine leukemia,” Beth said.

Rosell was checked into Chandler Regional to receive treatment, where he spent 34 days at the facility before he was released back home.

By learning about the news of his condition, Rosell had to quit his job as a tour bus driver, where he was three months away from receiving insurance benefits.

During this entire ordeal, Rosell has been keeping positive and reminding himself that this will not be the end of the road for him, and continues in a forward motion to overcome his battle through leukemia.

His fight and determination to beat this comes from his spiritual beliefs and the undying love and support he receives from each of his family members.

“I have five beautiful children and six beautiful grandchildren, and I want to see my kids continue to be successful and grow up. I still have a lot to live for, so I remain very spiritually positive,” Rosell said. “With the love and support that I get from my family and the get well cards I get from people that I don’t even know has enabled me to get through each day,” he said. “Without their help it would be really difficult to go through everyday life.”

Rosell’s sister, Susie Dunagan, said her brother’s positive outlook on the situation is truly an inspiration, and has echoed throughout the entire family.

“Pete has taught his older brothers and sister on how to stay positive spiritually and mentally,” Dunagan said.

Since Rosell doesn’t have insurance to cover some of the medical cost, his family decided to have a fundraiser, titled “Pete-A-Polooza,” from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Azteca Plaza, 1010 E. Washington St.

The idea for the fundraiser was brought about by Rosell’s nephew, Jacob. They began hashing out different ideas, making phone calls about the event and secured not only a location but also an emcee, a DJ for the event, and have had businesses donate different items to be raffled off during the evening.

Tickets for the event are being sold at $20 per person, which includes food, music, drinks and the 50/50 raffle.

The family has seen some support for the event, having already sold 200 tickets.

For more information about “Pete-A-Polooza” and how to donate, visit

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