5-year-old girl battles rare brain cancer and is now living her bucket list
FULTON, N.Y. (WSTM) - In September of 2017, Brooklyn Hall, of Fulton, was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Doctors found a baseball size tumor in the frontal lobe of her brain.
The then-toddler endured emergency brain surgery the day after doctors found the tumor.
"She couldn't walk, she couldn't talk, she couldn't pick up her head," Brooklyn's mother, Megan Hall, said.
She went through radiation treatment and her parents slowly started seeing progress. Eight months after the diagnosis, she was cancer free.
"We had a really great summer and then a week before Christmas, we went down to St. Judes and they found three new tumors in her brain that had propagated since May," Hall said.
Megan Hall said doctors told them Brooklyn only had six months to live.
That's when they created her bucket list which includes a prom that will be held on March 10 at the Marriott Ballroom in Syracuse.
"Not only does Brooklyn have good memories, but we will have good memories and they're not just in the hospital. Logan is just 7-years-old and I don't want him to remember his sister as always being sick," Hall said.
Friends and family are there every step of the way through this journey. Kellie Barker and Jenna Thurlow baked more than 1,400 cupcakes to sell for donations to benefit Brooklyn.
This isn't the first time they have helped the Halls. When Brooklyn was first diagnosed, they held a fundraiser to raise money for Brooklyn's grandma and brother to fly to Memphis where she was getting treatment.
"We're just trying to do everything we can that way they can spend time with her, not have to worry about bills and life while they're spending time with her and do as much as they can with her to make those memories," Barker said.
"I just love the family and the family just amazing I would do anything to help them cause I know they would do anything to help anybody else," Thurlow said.
"Our friends and family and the community have been amazing and Kellie and Jenna are always going above and beyond what is ever expected of a person so we're very blessed," Hall said.
The prom for Brooklyn will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Marriott Ballroom on March 10. It costs $10 a person and Hall says all are welcome to attend.
The family is raising money to help fund the other items on the bucket list, which Hall has not announced yet. To donate, click here.