Brooks was diagnosed with Ewing?s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that usually affects children, on June 22, 2011. His summer started off very normal and fun; he made the All-Star team in his t-ball league. At practice one afternoon in early June, his mother noticed a swollen bump on his jaw. It seemed to just appear literally, overnight, and she thought that he?d been hit with a baseball. Brooks had not been hit; therefore, a trip to the pediatrician was necessary the next day. He was treated for over two weeks for what was thought to be an infection of the salivary gland. The ?bump? continued to grow along with the concerns, and three weeks after noticing the ?bump? on his jaw, Brooks was having a CT scan. A few hours after the CT scan, the family got a call that they will surely never forget - a call that would change their lives forever.
After a biopsy and bone marrow aspiration the family learned that Brooks? tumor was localized, which means that it had not spread to other organs. He began chemotherapy treatments immediately. The tumor was extremely aggressive. His treatments were every 14 days. The treatments alternated between 2 day and 5 day hospital stays. Scottish Rite has become their second home.
On September 26, Brooks had surgery to remove the tumor. The doctors removed a rib to replace the damaged bone in the jaw. The tumor was removed with clear margins (no cancer cells were found in the bone or surrounding tissue)! He will continue systemic chemotherapy treatments every 14 days until February.
Brooks is a strong and courageous little boy who finds much comfort in his favorite Bible verse: ?Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.? Joshua 1:9 His attitude is contagious and inspiring. He is fighting a battle that no child should ever have to fight. He turned 7 years old on October 4th.
Today Brooks is a thriving young man enjoying life!!