Brooklyn was two years old when she began complaining about pain in her legs. Her mom, Michelle, assumed it was just growing pains and that it would soon end. But the pain persisted and reached a point where Brooklyn could hardly walk and would refuse to even stand. After a visit to her pediatrician, Michelle received a phone call to immediately remove Brooklyn from day care and head to the hospital for another appointment. Brooklyn was diagnosed with leukemia.
At the time, their family was living in Milwaukee and expecting another baby. “It was devastating and so scary,” Michelle said. “I almost went into early labor from the stress.”
Needing the support of family, they packed up and moved back to the Twin Cities. This is where Brooklyn endured the loneliness of being isolated from other kids, the stress and overwhelming side effects of chemotherapy, and the countless hours of physical therapy as she re-learned how to crawl, stand and walk.
“Brooklyn’s positive attitude and desire to keep being a kid pulled us through each and every day,” Michelle remembers.
During this painful time, Brooklyn learned she would receive a wish from Make-A-Wish® Minnesota. She knew without a doubt what it was going to be: a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort where she could meet all her favorite Disney® princesses.
When her wish came true, Brooklyn was excited to explore all the activities at the parks. She was ecstatic to forget all the stress and worry of being at the hospital, and simply focus on being a kid.
For her parents, this wish was more than just a family vacation - it was a celebration!
“This trip was a huge release of stress and fear,” Michelle said. “It was a celebration of strength, determination, bravery and positivity. This was the beginning of being a kid again.”
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