Update: In December 2012 Brooke’s routine scans showed that she had relapsed in C7 of her cervical spine. Relapse is considered terminal in Neuroblastoma patients. The majority of children with relapsed NB will not survive 11 months. Brooke battled the beast mightily for the next 5 years primarily at CHOP but also participating in stage 1 clinical trials at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital and NIH (National Institute of Health).

In those 5 years, we tried to pack as many experiences as possible in between her treatments. Some of her many highlights were: swimming with dolphins in FL; swimming with Beluga whales in CA; going to Paris; Disneyland Paris, California Disneyland and Florida’s Disneyworld multiple times; Throwing out the 1st pitch at Fenway Park to a standing ovation, honorary bat girl for the Red Sox and while sitting on Big Papi’s lap he gave her his “Magic Batting Gloves” and later hit 2 home runs for her, attending game 1 of the 2013 World Series (Red Sox beating the Cardinals), sleeping over in the Phillies Clubhouse, throwing out the first pitch for the Delmarva Shorebirds and also the Fruitland Little League opening day; meeting her hero Bethany Hamilton in Oct 2015; many backstage passes and hanging out on tour buses through the years with James Taylor, Matthew West, Mandisa, Casting Crowns, Lauren Daigle, Francesca Battistelli and R5; Comic Con Atlantic City where she had a blast getting illustration lessons, hanging out with Spider Man, John Carlos Esposito and Edward James Olmos; and CHOP Prom in 2016 (with Greyson as her date). In May of 2016, Brooke was brought on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, by Matthew West and Elisabeth Hasselbeck during the KLOVE Fan Awards and proclaimed the “Prettiest Girl in the World” where the sold out crowd of Christian music stars and fans stood and prayed as one for Brooke. In January 2017 Brooke suffered a brain bleed from a tumor on her skull that was pressing down on her brain and needed emergency brain surgery. She had a miraculous recovery and was back home a week later but sadly within weeks increased pain throughout her legs and back led to more scans and they showed that the cancer was again taking over her entire body and she was admitted back at CHOP for all but a week of her last remaining 4 months.

During Brooke’s final months in the hospital, she still kept fighting with a smile despite the pain and never gave up hope that she would be cured. In March of 2017, Brooke really wanted to see the movie A Dog’s Purpose but was confined to her hospital bed. So many people from all over the country worked together to make this a reality for her and not only did she have a private screening in her room but the canine star of the movie Trip (AKA Bailey) was flown in from California to meet her and spent a couple hours snuggled up in bed with her! She also received gifts and video messages from the author Bruce W Cameron and his actress/screenwriter wife Catheryn Michon as well as one of the human stars of the movie, Britt Robertson. May 2017, Matthew West and Elisabeth Hasselbeck flew to Philly to surprise Brooke in her hospital room with the song, Never Ever Give Up, that Matthew had written for her and is included on his All In CD.

Throughout her 8 ½ year battle she continued to be her joyful, faithful and always optimistic self and was an inspiration to all. Matthew West said it best when he sang to her, “You showed the world the face of brave”. At 1:04 am on June 12, 2017 Brooke went from her mother’s arms into the arms of Jesus.

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