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Brooke’s Story

Be humble in the presence of God's mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes.  God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.   
1 Peter 5: 6-7

Welcome to Brooke's CaringBridge page! Please visit often to read entries, view photos or write a guestbook note!  (or send a note: Want to send Brooke a note? Her home address is: P.O. Box 154, Chapman Ranch, TX 78347

When your child is diagnosed with cancer, your life stops, changes course, and begins instead toward a path to do anything & everything to help your baby.

Brooke is our baby; this is her story... Brooke is 6 years old and loves pink, ponies, cats and dogs, and dinosaurs. She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. 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 have faced this battle armed with prayer warriors, friends and family ready to help pull her through. Financially it has been incredibly challenging as we have gone from a two income, one home family to a family separated by thousands of miles trying to maintain two places to live and receive health care for Brooke on one salary.  We spent an entire year living at the Ronald McDonald House in New York for the surgery of the mass and to battle the bone marrow cancer through clinical trials.  While daddy has been home most of the time working and maintaining insurance coverage, Brooke and her mom have been home for only a few weeks in the past two years as we now have Brooke at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan seeking new hope in a ground breaking NMTRC genomics trial and personalized medicine against her aggressive type of recurrent stage IV cancer.  We are still praying for remission daily!!

Although now she is 6 and a half, Brooke continues to bravely fight this battle and our family has set up a special charitable account, the "Brooke Hester Donation Fund" at any Wells Fargo branch. 

Our faith is strong and we BELIEVE in the power of prayer!

Thank you for supporting our Brooke through her journey!

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Happy 4th of July Brooke

When she was done being a veterinarian, she wanted to be the first female president and boy could she get things done or delegate to make them happen. She could tell you fun facts about every single US President and loved not only belting out the National Anthem, but parading around waving flags and singing God Bless America and America the Beautiful with her whole heart and soul. When she passed away her nails were already done in a fabulous bright candy apple red to get ready for the special holiday - by her request and she planned later to add white and blue patterns to them as well. She loved making and sharing red, white, and blue blossoms and headwear with kids all over the country battling cancer. Dedicating the 4th of July to the most passionately patriotic little girl we've ever known... Miss Brooke Elizabeth❤️💙
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Beth Wilkins
By Beth Wilkins
Jessica and Beau,

I have followed Brooke's story for years. When you shared the news that she went to heaven to be with our Lord and Saviour, I cried very hard. Her faith and love for everything always touched my heart. God richly blessed you by giving her to your family!! Brooke and her amazing story of strengthen and perseverence has touched more lives than we will ever know. May you find comfort knowing that during her time on earth, she made a difference...lifelong differences for those who followed her journey through your updates, stories, pictures, videos, poems, etc.

May God now provide all of you with comfort knowing her life was an amazing one. God's blessings are amazing aren't they?

Sending you a warm hug and love,
BJ Miller
By Hugs, Hope, And Prayers From Westerville, Ohio.....BJ Miller
Thank You For Sharing These AMAZING Stories Of Your Brave And Beautiful Patriotic Darling Girl!! My Deepest Sympathies To Your Family. May Jesus Hold You In The Palm Of His Hand, And May He Comfort You With His Peace And Love. There Are No Words That Can Take The Deep Hurt Of Losing One Of Our Children...Just Know That This Family Holds You In Prayer And Thought As You Walk Through This Difficult Journey Together. Hoping You Have MANY Happy, Wonderful Memories To Carry You Through The Difficult Times As Well As The Good Times. I Know That Brooke Has Truly Earned Her Angel's Wings. She Will Forever Watch Over You And Love You From Heaven.
Sarah Hinkle
By Sarah Hinkle
Love these stories!! Your little girl touched so many. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THESE STORIES even though we know you are just aching to hold your baby girl. It's a selfless act that I know she is so proud of!!
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Terri Lenger
By Terri Lenger
I love hearing stories about your little "firecracker"! God bless you, lift you up, fill you with His loving Presence.
Alice Daxon
By Alice Daxon, Ontario, Canada.
My prayers and love are with you! God Bless you all!
Sarah Gouzoules
By Sarah Gouzoules
marilyn bergagnini
By marilyn bergagnini
jill dzagulones
By jill dzagulones
Happy Fourth of July, Brooke! We all love you and miss you so much precious girl!
marie martin
By Marie Martin
God Bless our little Miss America!!
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Lori Hanson
By Lori Hanson in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Happy 4th of July Sweet, sweet Brooke!