Rose Ortiz, Sebastian’s Mom, is co-founder of the SebastianStrong Foundation. She graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University with a BS in Elementary Education and obtained her MS in Communication Science & Disorders from Nova Southeastern University. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC). Rose has dedicated her career to working with children, especially those with disabilities. She left her position as a speech-language pathologist to care for Sebastian full-time when he was diagnosed and now serves as the Foundation’s Operations Manager. Rose lives in Miami Springs with her husband Oscar and Sebastian’s two brothers, Oscar Jr. and Lucas. She is committed to keeping her son’s memory alive and to making a difference in the lives of children diagnosed with cancer.