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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!

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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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Lori Hanson
By Lori Hanson in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Happy 4th of July Sweet, sweet Brooke!
Sara Bohan
By Sara
I bet there is one patriotic parade going on in Heaven. Brooke is leading the way with her healthy little self singing God Bless America with all her heart! Brooke's spirit was always shining so bright. Happy 4th of July Brooke!
Sara Bohan
By Sara
I bet there is one patriotic parade going on in Heaven. Brooke is leading the way with her healthy little self singing God Bless America with all her heart! Brooke's spirit was always shining so bright. Happy 4th of July Brooke!
Lynnett Jankuski
Praying for you today & always!! Happy 4th of July in Heaven sweet Brooke - I'll be thinking of you tonight as I watch the fireworks with my kids & knowing you will have the best seat in the house to see all the celebrations. God Bless
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Jackie Fuller-Lattanzio
Happy 4th of July in heaven Brooke! You are so missed and so loved by so many. Keeping your family in my continuing prayers. My heart breaks for them. Fly high with the angels pretty girl! <3
Valerie Maples
By Valerie Maples
Cathy Ostroski
By Cathy Ostroski, C.O.L.E. Prayer Team.
What a wonderful tribute to Brooke. I'm sure she is leaving the singing in Heaven today.
wanda hibbetts
By Wanda Hibbetts
Love and prayers for your family! Holidays will be especially difficult, I'm sure. Hoping that the knowledge that Brooke is with her Heavenly Father can be of comfort!
Despina M
By Despina M
Happy Fourth of July Brooke!

Carol Loeb
Happy 4th Brooke, to the best citizen among us! You are loved in all of your glory.