My Story

Please note, donations made to Caring Bride do NOT go to Ariel directly. If you would like to donate to help with Ariel's growing medical expenses you can do so at

Thank You! 

Ariel Rose Gariano came into my life on August 19, 1998. One of a set of twins she was already extraordinary from the moment she came into this world, but I couldn't in my wildest imagination begin to realise just how special, just how brave, just how inspiring my little girl has proven to be.

Ariel - her name means 'Lioness of God'. It's a name she would live up to within days of her birth. At the great age of 3 days Ariel was diagnosed with a laryngeal cleft, a rare airway birth defect in which her trachea and esophagus were not completely divided. Ariel would undergo multiple surgeries at two medical institutions, Children’s Hospital Oakland and Children’s Medical Center Cincinnati. We had been warned from the beginning that Ariel faced many challenges and the odds were stacked against her.
But Ariel is a fighter like few can imagine and she came out of her surgeries with amazing results. As she grew older we realized in spite of the multiple occassionas that she had been oxygen deprived while aspirating she was in tact and very much a normal little girl. We really began to believe we had escaped our worst nightmares as Ariel grew into a beautiful, healthy little girl.

 On October 26, 2007, however, the nightmares came back, only this time they were scarier than anything we had previously imagined.

Ariel was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma, when a large tumor was found in her sinus cavity and was encroaching on her right eye.

She would endure a year of chemotherapy, radiation, multiple surgeries and in August of 2008 she was declared disease free.

Ariel has been cancer free for 30 months and she's blossomed into a lovely young lady. Smart, Funny, Compassionate, Fearess she is so full  of life it seems incomprehensible that we would be told the cancer appears to have returned.

We are beginning our next fight and we are clinging to our girl, her fighting spirit and are holding to our hearts the knowledge that nobody likes to defy the odds quite like Ariel.

She's been doing it since birth and hopefully she can do it again.


Crystal Gariano posted a new journal entry, "Happy Sweet Sixteen My Angel".

Yesterday on Aug 19 2014, at 12:10 pm Ariel Rose turned 16 in heaven, At 12:22, here on earth, Elora Catherine, Ariel's identical (and younger, that a was a very important ... Read more

Sarah DiGerolamo signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

Happy Birthday in Heaven to Ariel and Happy Birthday on earth to Elora.  I bet Vinny is baking cakes for Ariel and friends in Heaven and licking off all the frosting ... Read more

Kate Schwartz signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

Love and prayers from Florida as you mark this day, remembering and honoring the beautiful Ariel. She is not forgotten!! A treasured angel. Read more

Charlotte Powers signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

Thank you so much for sharing with us about your daughters' birthdays. I think of your family every so often even though we have never met. I appreciate hearing from you ... Read more

Robert Murphy >Jacob's Dad< signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

.Our prayer for you, your family, and HomeGrant them peace, most precious gift of all Keep the worried world far away and smallWhen they return, may quiet fill their ... Read more

Robert Murphy >Jacob's Dad< signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

Just a note of encouragement to each of you to take to heart the knowledge that God's love for you is never ending and His purpose for you is bigger than any problems we ... Read more

Robert Murphy >Jacob's Dad< signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

Praying for your dear family that you continue to stand strong on good days and bad. May you continue to grow in  spirit. May God grant each of you renewed ... Read more

jess m signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

What a beautiful child. Telling you "I'm sorry" seem just so inadequate...there really are no words. Your love for her is so apparent in your writing. You were blessed ... Read more

Jacob's Dad -> Robert Murphy signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

Just letting you know I have continued praying for your dear family each day. I got the feeling that today I should write to tell you. May God continue to surround you ... Read more

Beverly Reed signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

Dear Sweet Friends,We will continue to pray for all of you as you continue your journey through grief.  Since I recently retired, and my email has changed, I wanted to ... Read more

Show more recent activity