Thank you for all of the prayers, love and support that you have shown our family in this troubling time. No one can prepare themselves for the type of earth shattering news that our family is experiencing right now, but we truly appreciate everyone's concern as our family works through this devastating time.
For our family and friends who have not heard, Chuck was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer at the age of 54, after visiting his doctor about a persistent cough and some stomach pain. He has begun treatment and we are pursuing all possible options right now.
Chuck and Mary Rowles are the proud parents of 10 (Yes, Ten!) children: Chris (34), Jenny (32), Matt (30), Becky (29), Tim (27), Patrick (25), Daniel (23), Michael (21), Beth (18), & Ana (15). They are also the proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren: Gianna, Elia, Phoebe, Gabby, Charlie, Elena, Emma, Ollie, Rocky, James, & Sebastian.
Charles Luther Rowles was born in Hawaii, to Patricia and Edward Rowles, and after bouncing around the world as a Navy Brat, settled into Napa where he met Mary while flipping burgers at Jack-in-Box. After deciding to start his family, Chuck followed his father into the Navy where he was accepted into the elite Nuclear Power Training School in Idaho, and served his time on Nuclear Submarines, specifically the USS Pargo. He ended up pursuing a career in high voltage electricity, eventually becoming a foreman with the City of San Francisco Lighting Department, where he has spent the last 20 years.
Chuck’s background, the hardships, trials and tribulations that he has suffered, and the Herculean effort he has shown in order to bring his family up in a loving, supportive household, are only part of his story. We wish we could share all of the amazing stories we have about our Dad, but, in the interest of brevity, you’ll have to take us at our word that he is a model for fathers everywhere. He would not be half the man he is today without the love and support of Mary, and he may actually have some hair left on his head, if it weren’t for his 10 kids. We have a big journey ahead of us and we want to share that with everyone.
Please pray for us; masses, novenas and prayers of support are what we really need now as we are still discovering what treatment options are available to him at this time.
Donations are also welcome. We are hoping to have a consultation with MD ANDERSON CANCER CLINIC in Houston TX, and all proceeds will help to supplement Mary and Chuck’s trip to Houston. Thank you everyone for your support and let’s pray that God intercedes for us.
(Donations should go through WonderWe, donations through Caring Bridge do not help Chuck)
St. Peregrine Novena: http://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-peregrine-novena/