Roxanne Russell Roundtree was diagnosed with ALS-Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2008 at age 30. She is an active mother of 3 growing boys: Don (16), Brad (13), and Bryce (11). Before her disease took over, she was a home health nurse and traveled the Madisonville area caring for those who were not able to travel for health care. After her full time nursing job, she was also a full time mother. She was team mom, home keeper, and cook. Her boys are her everything. Although she is no longer able to move from the neck down or speak, she is still at every event her boys are a part of. Football games, band concerts, rodeos, jackpots, baseball, stock shows, etc., she does it all!
Her husband has dedicated his life to care for her 24/7. She wrote this cookbook over a period of two years using a computer that reads her eye movements. With this technology, she is able to write, text, email, speak, and use the internet to shop for birthday and Christmas gifts! This cookbook originally started as a Christmas gift in a 3 brad folder to her mother and sisters. Then it was sold as a fundraiser to help her middle child, Brad, pay his way to the Junior High State Rodeo Finals in Gonzales in June of 2013. He qualified in team roping and chute dogging.
During that particular fundraiser, her story caught the attention of various people including roping great, Joe Beaver who sponsored Brad, companies like Holiday Inn Express-Gonzales, Texas, who donated a handicap accessible room for the family to stay in for the duration of the finals week and RFD-TV, who filmed a special that will air June 24! The funds from the sale of the cookbook will contribute to the Roundtree family to cover living and medical expenses, as well as, helping pay for their handicap accessible home. Their home was built due to the generosity of Roxanne’s parents. Through the hard economic times that have affected us all, Roxanne’s parents are now in need of help to continue paying for Roxanne’s home. A web page has been created using Go Fund Me for those who wish to donate to that specific cause.