Meet my new friend Brooke. Brooke is 4 years old. She loves pink, cats, ponies and dinosaurs. And, she is quite the character!! I had the honor of a surprise visit today. I gave her a monster and she said it casted a heart spell on me! She also said it had "polka-dot power"!
As you can see Brooke is quite the charmer but her story is not that of a typical four year old. At the age of the three a sonogram, nuclear scans, MRI/MRU and other tests revealed a large tumor in her abdomen pressing on her left kidney, spine, and internal organs. Her diagnosis is stage 4, high risk neuroblastoma, which is a form of cancer that has also spread to her bone marrow. In short, Brooke has a long battle ahead.
Brooke's family spends many days away from their Texas home to come to New York City's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York for the surgery of the mass and to battle the bone marrow cancer.
I know we are all busy but I encourage you to learn more about Brooke here. I also encourage you to learn more about the fabulous people at Candlelighters that try to sprinkle as much happiness on her and her family when she is in town and also away.
My experience with Candlelighters is one of the few things that can stop me right in my tracks. It makes me realize how precious life is and how every day is a blessing.