It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the passing of Brooklyn “Brookie” Nicole Smith, 6 years old, of Erlanger, Kentucky. Brooklyn passed away peacefully in her mother’s arms on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, with her family at her side. Brooklyn was a beautiful and strong little girl. Despite being diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) just 7 days after her 5th birthday, she retained the remarkable ability to smile through it all. She attended St. Joseph Academy in Walton, Kentucky, is an active member of the DIPG Collaborative, a member of the Lakemont Community, and the 2016 Hyde Park Blast Ambassador. The family would like to thank the community for their support during this difficult journey. They especially would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for the excellent care and attention that was shown to her.
At this time, we ask all Smile for Brooklyn supporters to send communications through Smile for Brooklyn via our contact page or on Facebook. Please do not contact Brooklyn’s parents directly during their time of healing.
Further information will be available on the funeral home’s website: www.stithfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers
The family requests that memorials take the form of donations to:
Smile for Brooklyn
PO Box 18852
Erlanger, KY 41018
Other ways to contribute can be found on our Support page.
January 12th, 2017 was a special day! Brooklyn’s father, Nick, was joined by Jenny Mosier (#defeatDIPG), Lawrence Fagan (retired medical researcher / DIPG advocate), and Keren Beukema (recently lost her son Vincent to DIPG) as a guest on Childhood Cancer Talk Radio. The discussion centered around a resolution intended to designate May 17th as National DIPG Awareness Day; a day set annually to bring awareness to the most deadly pediatric brain tumor that currently has no known cure.
More about DIPG Awareness Day
In 2016, May 17th was proclaimed DIPG Awareness Day in Maryland by Governor Larry Hogan in honor of Michael Mosier, lost to DIPG on this day the year prior. During a conversation, Nick Smith, Brooklyn’s father, brought the idea to Jenny Mosier that he would like to do the same here in the state of Kentucky. This conversation became the catalyst for the desire to make this a nationwide designation.
We hope you join us in support and hope. Download / listen to the podcast and offer a prayer and a smile for Brooklyn and all children who face this fight against DIPG.
#GivingTuesday, the Tuesday in November following the US day marked for giving thanks, is a movement to create a day to kick off the holiday season with a heart for others; a heart for giving.
This day can be marked in a number of ways: through service to others, a financial gift to support a cause close to your heart, making a change in your life on this day to impact others in the days and months to come.
Here at Smile for Brooklyn, we hope you will consider our mission with your plans for #GivingTuesday. We have a number of ways to support us, some of which only require a few moments of your time without affecting your finances or your already limited time. Some methods of support include:
- Designating us as your charity of choice with KrogerCommunityRewards.com or Remke.com‘s Caring Neighbor program.
- Shopping through our AMAZON.COM links and banners on our site. (Select the link here and you are all set to shop and support us!)
- Our GoFundMe account found HERE.
For these and more ways, we encourage you to check out our SUPPORT PAGE and, if you have questions, reach out to us!
Above all, we want you to know today and always how much we appreciate your support, your friendship, your love, and of course, your #SmileForBrooklyn.