Sup­port gets Brooke through

Fundrais­ing event for her new fu­ture af­ter leukaemia

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

NEVER un­der­es­ti­mate the power of pos­i­tiv­ity.

Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with leukaemia in June last year, Brooke Kirk­wood is cur­rently can­cer free and won’t re­quire any fur­ther treat­ment for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

That news is be­ing re­joiced by friends and fam­ily and they are want­ing to give the 22-year-old a boost af­ter such a long pe­riod spent in and out of hos­pi­tal.

A fundrais­ing event called Gatsby for Brooke will be held next week­end in her hon­our.

Long-time friend Emily Cook said the 1920s-themed bash was about cel­e­brat­ing the next stage of Brooke’s life as she set­tled back into a nor­mal rou­tine.

“At this stage, all we want to do is get her back on her feet and back into reg­u­lar life,” Ms Cook said.

“Ob­vi­ously af­ter some­thing like that she’s had to spend a lot of her sav­ings. It’s a re­ally hard ad­just­ment to make af­ter ba­si­cally be­ing in hos­pi­tal for such a long time.”

Brooke’s strong net­work of sup­port had been by her

❝ All we want to do is get her back on her feet and back into reg­u­lar life. — Emily Cook

side through every step of the way since the di­ag­no­sis.

“It was all very pos­i­tive thoughts from the get-go and I think a mas­sive part of how she’s got­ten through it is all that pos­i­tive think­ing and ev­ery­one has al­ways been re­ally sup­port­ive,” Ms Cook said.

“She’s a re­ally happy, bub­bly per­son all the time.

“She’s al­ways that friend that is al­ways there when you need her. You can call her at any time and she will al­ways be there. She’s a beau­ti­ful per­son.”

Older sis­ter Tenika Mur­phy said the fam­ily was anx­iously await­ing re­sults from post-trans­plant tests taken last week to de­ter­mine whether Brooke was still can­cer-free, fol­low­ing pos­i­tive re­sults the last time around.

“We’d like to thank ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity for their sup­port,”

Mrs Mur­phy said.

“We’re still tak­ing it a day at a time.”

The event will be held at the Lock­yer Val­ley Turf Club in Gat­ton on Oc­to­ber 6.

“It’s a cel­e­bra­tion all about dress­ing up and hav­ing a good time,”

Ms Cook said.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the door or be­fore­hand from Ul­tra Tune Gat­ton, Birds and Fel­las Hair Stu­dio in Lai­d­ley or on­line by vis­it­ing Eventbrite and search­ing for Gatsby For Brooke.

The ticket price of $30 in­cludes en­try and food, with a full bar op­er­at­ing on the night.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the event’s Face­book page.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CLOSE BOND: Brooke Kirk­wood, pic­tured with sis­ter Tenika Mur­phy, has been fight­ing can­cer.

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