Three days a week, Brooke boards a ferry and heads to Seattle Children’s Hospital for dialysis. It’s a route she knows well, having traveled it for two years.
You see, Brooke has end stage renal disease and spina bifida. She expertly maneuvers a pink wheelchair through the ferry system, and hasn’t let it slow her down.
When Brooke found out she qualified for a wish through Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington, she was thrilled.
Just days after learning she would receive a wish, Brooke was once again on the ferry when she spotted a dog in a blue t-shirt. She got a little closer and noticed it was a Make-A-Wish® shirt.
In typical Brooke fashion, she started talking to the human on the other end of the dog’s leash. That’s when she met wish-granting volunteer, Suzanne.
“We just started talking,” Suzanne said. “I asked if she had wish granters yet, and she said no. I thought it would be awesome if I could be her wish granter, and sure enough, it all worked out!”
“Brooke is the most remarkable young lady,” Suzanne said. “She is so smart, funny, kind and sweet. She has such a positive attitude and cares a lot about others.”
So Suzanne and wish-granting partner Rebecca set out to help Brooke plan her one true, heartfelt wish: to meet Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on “The Walking Dead.”
Brooke and her family are big fans of the show. “I watch it all the time while on dialysis,” Brooke said. “It helps me when I’m stressed, it makes me happy. It helps me get through tough times.”
Before she knew it, Brooke and her family were on their way to Georgia to meet Norman. “I was super nervous,” she laughed.
Brooke and Norman joked together and took funny selfies. They played a motorcycle racing game and got to know one another during their meet and greet.
“He was down-to-earth, a really nice guy,” said Brooke’s mom, Brittany. They also met Executive Producer, Greg Nicotero and had a chance to ask him questions about the show.
The next day, Brooke and other wish kids from around the country went on a zombie tour, where they stopped at places where “The Walking Dead” was filmed.
“She’s going to remember this forever,” said Brittany. “It’s going to motivate her to want to keep fighting and being strong, even though she’s going through so much.”
And, Brooke is grateful to all those who made her wish possible. “Thank you for giving me a chance to experience all that. I had a great time!”
Every year, 1 in 4 children in Alaska and Washington are not receiving a wish. With your support, we can make sure every eligible child gets a wish!
Special thanks to wish-granting volunteers Suzanne Patrick and Rebecca Moss, Norman Reedus, Greg Nicotero and Make-A-Wish® Georgia.