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Grant Thornton’s youngest Purple Paladin repurposes product to protect our communities

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Rosie mom with mastCaroline, Paula, and Rosie Quinn demonstrate how a head scarf can be worn as a personal-use facemask.
When you meet Rosie Quinn, you can’t help but smile. Her mission to help other children embrace their differences and be proud of who they are inspired us to honor Rosie as our first Purple Paladin. Her nonprofit organization, Coming Up Rosies donates “smile kits” to children’s hospitals throughout the US so children – especially those suffering from hair loss due to medical issues – can create custom head scarves and superhero capes from their artwork. Like many entrepreneurs however, with the onset of Covid-19 Rosie wanted to find a way for her organization to help. That’s when she discovered her headscarves could do more than make children smile.

With a simple adjustment, Rosie realized her headscarves could easily be repurposed as personal-use facemasks. She told us “We never would've thought that our head scarves would be used to make everyone feel safe during this tough time. Keep smiling even though we're all a little nervous. Also, don't forget laugh and sing while washing your hands.”

With each facemask purchased, Coming Up Rosies will donate one to a family or healthcare worker (for personal use) at one of their partner children’s hospitals. Rosie’s mom, Paula Quinn said “We are thrilled to be doing a small part for everyone during this time. Our hospital child life partners are thrilled to receive shipments of our headscarves/facemasks, so families can be both safe and fashionable in the clinic or out and about in their communities.”

Rosie family with mastRosie, Larry, and Caroline Quinn assemble Smile Kits.
Rickie Fowler  with mastRickie Fowler models one of Rosie’s face masks.

Rosie recently got some support for her buy a mask and give a mask campaign from her friend Rickie Fowler. Rickie said “Remember our friend Rosie from Coming up Rosies? She is inspiring Allison Stokke and I once again with her new commitment to create non-surgical facemasks for those in need.”

You can support Coming Up Rosies by buying your own head scarf. You can choose one of Rosie’s designs or let Rosie pick a design for you. When you buy a head scarf, Coming Up Rosies donates one to healthcare professionals, children, and families at one of their partner children’s hospitals.

Visit Coming Up Rosies to purchase a mask and give a mask .