Brooklyn exhibited some physical signs last week that caused alarm to her parents. Being good parents, Darline and Anthony acted quickly and had her seen by her doctor. Unfortunately, they were given news that is every parent’s worst nightmare.
Brooklyn was diagnosed with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). This is an aggressive brainstem tumor with a median life expectancy of 8-11 months after diagnosis. 10% make it to 2 years, and 1% of patients make it a little longer. This tumor is inoperable and there are currently no treatments that can cure this situation. Quality of life and comfort are the main objectives after this diagnosis.
However, Brooklyn and her parents are not quitters. St. Jude’s has agreed to take Brooklyn on as a patient and treat her with a clinical trial program. The Medina family is going to fight. While the odds may be less than favorable, quitting is not an option for this family.
Brooklyn and her parents immediately packed up and went to Memphis to begin treatment, as this aggressive tumor has grown seemingly overnight and must be acted on quickly. Anthony and Darline are spending every minute they can with her as she undergoes treatment.
That being said, paid time off, vacation time and FMLA can only stretch so far. As any parent would, Darline and Anthony are putting their lives on hold as they support their daughter. No parent should have to worry about maintaining their home or putting food on the table while their child fights for their life.
Darline is a nurse from a military family. Anthony is a physical therapist. They dedicate their lives to helping other people. If you can, please donate to help alleviate some of the financial burden and stress this family is enduring while they spend every moment they can together.
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Sending love and healing prayers from the Mora, Rasinya, Santiago, Sharp and Torres families ❤️
You are in our thoughts and prayers.🙏🏻❤️
Praying for you guys
I’m praying 🙏🏻 for a Miracle for your daughter and for God to give you strengths and peace🙏🏻
Prayers for Brooklyn!
Keeping Brooklyn in our thoughts and prayers
God bless Brooklyn Rose.