MEET OUR HorizonWALKS AMBASSADORS!
Meet Brooklynn “Brookie”, one of our amazing HorizonWALKS Camper Ambassadors!
HorizonWALKS Team: "Brookie's Cookies"
The Horizon Day Camp community has had the privilege of spending summers with the affable, spunky Brookie since 2017. Her energy abounds, and her smile lights up the whole camp! Some of her favorite camp experiences, according to Brookie, include getting to swim every day, playing in the gym, hanging out with her best friend Batya, and seeing her friends from the hospital at camp. Her mother, Brittany, reflects fondly too about what Horizon Day Camp means for their family:
"Brookie got sick during her first summer at Horizon, and she was hospitalized for a month. To our delight, Horizon staff showed up at the hospital room. I was in shock and awe. This happened very early on in the camp; I didn’t even think they would realize she was gone. They did. They just came by to check on us and give Brookie some comfort gifts from her Horizon family. When they left the hospital room, I knew this organization was something special!"
Under the caring hands of Dr. Yoram Unguru - who is also Horizon Day Camp’s Medical Director – Brookie received intensive care and treatment at The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai for her leukemia diagnosis. Doctor Unguru remembers the first time he met Brookie and her family:
“It was arguably was one of the worst days of their lives. It was clear that Brooklynn was not at her best - quite sick and not feeling well. As a result of the large tumor burden, Brooklynn’s belly was swollen, her chest was occupied by a massive collection of tumor cells, and her bone marrow was so full of cancer cells that she limped and could not walk very far. While I examined Brooklynn, she allowed me to push and prod and appropriately resisted. Not so much frustrated with my exam, I got the sense that this spunky 3-year-old wanted to regain a sense of control and understanding for what was amiss. Over the course of the next few days, as she began to feel better, Brooklynn’s true character emerged."
"Simply put, Brooklynn has moxie. She is strong-willed, funny, and like so many kids with cancer, wise beyond her years. On days that Brooklynn came to the clinic or was hospitalized, nurses and residents jockeyed to be assigned to her care. You see, Brooklynn didn’t let a life-threatening, frightening disease like cancer conquer her will nor her spirits. I couldn’t be happier that Horizon is able to give Brooklynn, and so many kids like her, a piece of their childhood back and a semblance of normalcy for her and her family.”
In the most wonderful news, Brookie recently was able to victoriously “ring the bell” at Sinai, signifying her last chemotherapy treatment! Hooray for Brookie! We couldn’t be happier about your perseverance and clean bill of health!
Brookie is so excited for HorizonWALKS 2020, and she invites you to walk with her! According to Brookie, she can’t wait to see the Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders, play with the cheer pom poms, and walk with the amazing, upbeat marching band's drum line again! Brookie - thank you for bringing all the sunshine you do to camp and everyone you meet! Thank you for being a HorizonWALKS Ambassador!