MS Golf Experience

About Us

We hope the Terry Rossman MSGolfexperience will be an annual event and raise a lot of money to help rid the world of Multiple Sclerosis and help improve the quality of life for those impacted by this disease.

Co-chairs are Doug Thomas and Mat Rossman

Mat's wife Terry is the inspiration for our event. She passed away in 2007 at the age of 47 in the final stages of MS. Mat and Terry were married for 30 years and have been involved with the MS Walks since 1991 and have been responsible for the Rocklin/Roseville MS Walk since its inception.

Doug Thomas can be heard on 96.9 The Eagle and ESPN 1320. They say MS is not hereditary, but Doug's father Leonard and brother Ken both have MS. Let's work together to find a cure for this dreaded disease.

The MIssion

Do what we can with the help of friends and family to raise money for finding a cure and stopping the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis. Raise money for research and improving the quality of life of those already impacted by this debilitating disease.

Terry's friends have organized this event in hopes that it becomes an annual fundraiser to honor Terry's memory and to continue her battle to free the world of Multiple Sclerosis.

The Logo

Logo design…Terry Purple Shawl

Terry's favorite color is purple.

The MS Society colors are orange and black.

The MSGe are orange with all other lower case letters black to follow that theme

Terry's name and the title surround the box, because it is all about Terry and her desire and legacy to rid the world of MS.

The box is how Terry felt with MS. Boxed in and trapped, unable to fend for herself and always needing some one close by for help and assistance.

The golfer represents Terry and everyone else that has MS or is affected in some way by it. It is their hope and dream a cure is just a long drive away, just beyond the horizon.

The ball represents her dream to free the world of MS. With just a little help her dream will become a reality.

The Eagle has always been special to Terry and represents all the people, friends, family, walkers, volunteers, golfers, donators, sponsors, doctors, nurses and well wishers etc that help keep that dream alive and carry it on for her until a cure is found.

The Woman

Teresa Marie Rossman

God's little princess passed from my arms, with her hand on my heart, to her "Heavenly Father's" waiting open hands 10/11/07. As she did everything, she went on her own terms and her own way. She insured things were in place for her family and friends before she left this world for the better place. She is pain free and dancing with her mom as she waits that one second for us to join her. We are celebrating the life and legacy of the most beautiful and wonderful woman to grace this earth. Her love was as "deep as the ocean and as wide as the sky" and never ending. When you met her she became your friend and her infectious smile and wit would melt your heart. She touched and inspired all who came into contact with her. She gave everything and asked for nothing in return. Her story started in Indio, California 10/28/59 where she was born 4 1/2 minutes before her twin sister Linda. They and their mom and 5 other brothers and sisters moved to a quiet little mountain top called Big Bear Lake soon afterwards. The out of doors and the mountain side became her playground and inspiration for her beautiful poetry and art work. Oh, how she loved to draw and write and be outside in awe of God's creations. She loved life and lived it to the fullest even with her "stinkin' friggin' disease" Multiple Sclerosis. In 1980 she began having trouble with balance and energy and in 1982 when the Doc told her she had MS and what may be in store for her life, she thanked him. "At least we know what is happening to me and now we can start to beat it" and for the rest of her life she never stopped trying and never became bitter about it. She hated it and tolerated all the pain and embarrassment and inconveniences it caused her. Through canes, walkers, wheelchairs, powerchairs, bumps and bruises, and finally total dependence on others she never wavered and never complained. She would have her "pity parties" and always looked to and received from God the strength and determination to live on.

The second greatest day of my life was the day I saw a beautiful girl walking down the street. It would be three months before I saw her again or even have the chance to talk to her, but I knew I was going to love her then. Our meeting finally did happen as I helped her take the trash out at Jack in the Box. It was love at first sight for each of us and the start of the greatest day of my life. She told her mom that day that she had "met the man I am going to marry" and brought her twin sister back to show me to her. The day I asked her to marry me she wrote in her poetry book "I knew at Our introduction Our story would never end" 6/6/77. Little tq and I had a relationship like no other and for 30 years we were inseparable. The World is a little more empty without her. She made me a better person and our story continues. This is just another chapter in our lives that we will endure and persevere. Our love will live forever.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 reminds us all of Terry.

tq I love you.

The Marriage

By Anita Creamer -- Bee ColumnistThe Marriage
Published 2:15 am PST Friday, November 4, 2005
Story appeared in Scene section, Page J1

Their love story began at the Jack in the Box. This was back at Big Bear Lake in the 1970s. Teresa Quezada was only 17, a lively high school girl with hair down to her waist. Mat Rossman was 20, and he was taking time off from college and hanging out with friends at the resort.

In other words, he was a ski bum. Working at the Jack in the Box helped pay the rent.

"I saw him and I thought, 'Oh, wow,' " says Teresa.

"She went home and told her mother she'd met the man she was going to marry," says Mat. "We were giddy kids."

They wed in a blizzard the day before Valentine's Day 1978. She'd graduated from high school the spring before that. He was taking classes to become a paramedic.

It's fair to say they grew up together. It's also fair to say that when they got to the "in sickness and in health" part of their wedding vows, they were young enough to believe that hardship and ill health would never touch their lives.

True love isn't about romance. It's not about meeting cute, and it's not about the breathtaking sweetness of falling in love. It's about being there, day after day, no matter what, forever committed.

It's about creating a life from uncertainty.

Four years into their marriage, Teresa Rossman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She's 45 now, and she's been in a wheelchair since 1986.

She can list the degrees of her disability by the dates: In 1987, she had to quit work as an administrative assistant. In 1993, she relinquished her driver's license. By 1994, she was unable to move her own wheelchair and began using a powered chair. In 1997, she lost the ability to use her arms and hands.

Twice, she's lost her vision. Twice, it's come back.

For her interview in the Rossmans' sprawling Rocklin home, she's beautifully made up. Her hair is short now and carefully styled. Her fingernails are polished. She's wearing a pretty black sweater, gold bracelet and matching earrings.

"My earrings match every day," she says.

Her husband makes sure they do.

"I do everything," says Mat, now 48, who works as a manager with an automobile credit agency. "I'm not tooting my own horn. She'd do it for me."

He takes care of his wife, which means that he tends to all of her daily health and hygiene needs. And when she's been hospitalized in recent years, he's been her advocate with the medical system.

"I know she'd do all that for me," he says again. "But I don't know if she could pick me up."

"I couldn't," Teresa says. "But I could sure be stubborn on your behalf."

She spends her days at a Health For All day program in Auburn. And when the bus drops her off at home every afternoon, volunteers from their church, Adventure Christian in Rocklin, are there to help Teresa until Mat gets home later.

"When she was first diagnosed, I'm not sure I thought anything other than this is something we'll have to get through together," he says. "We just have to take care of each other day to day.

"If it weren't for her inspiration and drive and will, things would be a lot worse. She's smiling all the time. She's happy. She doesn't let it get her down."

Marriages fall apart over a lot less than what the Rossmans have had to face. But sometimes, the obligation of commitment isn't a burden; it's a greater opportunity to love.

"It truly was love at first sight," Mat says. "Not that we haven't had our moments. But you roll with the punches."

"I've loved him for a long time," Teresa says.

"I love you, too," Mat tells his wife, who beams.

"He's a good man," she says.

"We've been very blessed," he says. "We don't know why, but we're very happy."

Teresa Quezada Rossman nods.

"We're very lucky," she says.

Mat & Terry