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Brooke | Stage 4 Neuroblastoma | Texas

Meet Brooke. Brooke loves pink, dinosaurs, cats and dogs and is aspiring to be a veterinarian. Brooke is the {face of hope} as she fights high-risk stage 4 Neuroblastoma.

Her momma told us: Brooke was always a healthy child with ear infections as her biggest hurdle. She had a great summer in 2010 and even learned how to swim! By August, a few, sporadic things began to occur. First she had a couple of strange, unexplained fevers. We thought perhaps it was her ears, or a bladder infection, but those tests came back negative. Then she had a couple of intermittent times she made a “volcano” (what she calls getting sick to her stomach)…again with no real pattern or explanation. In late September, she started having a strange limp and her right knee was becoming swollen, and it was getting harder for her to walk. By the time she had stopped walking completely, and not even crawling because of the pain, the pediatrician’s initial diagnosis was Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and he immediately wanted her to stay home and wait to see a pediatric rheumatologist. Meanwhile, Brooke had begun rapidly losing weight with less appetite, and at 3, she was barely crawling, or pulling up and holding her back, but she only complained of knee and tummy pain. A sonogram, nuclear scans, MRI/MRU and later tests revealed a large mass in her abdomen pressing on her left kidney, spine, and internal organs. They told us it may be a kidney stone… On November 18, 2010, our lives forever changed. Brooke was diagnosed with stage 4, high risk Neuroblastoma, which is a form of nervous system cancer that had spread to her bone marrow.

We are so very happy to report Brooke was able to travel home to Texas and was {reunited} with her daddy. One look at Brooke, and you can see her resilience and caring heart shines through. Even through her own battle, Brooke is still caring for others across the world. She sends “Brookes Blossoms” headbands to children battling cancer. Brooke, our wish for you is twinkles smiles, happy wishes and to fly with all your dreams.

We extend a sweet thank you to Kelly of Kelly Sweet Photography for taking time out of her full schedule to spend time with Brooke, her mom and grandparents visiting from Texas to give them the gift of a Picture of Hope.

 

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Laura Arnone

Lovely!!! Just precious !!!

We are just so touched and grateful… Thank you Tiny Sparrow and Kelly Sweet. This means so very much!! http://www.BrookeFightsBack.org

Michelle

absolutely beautiful!

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