At just 2 years old, Brooke went from playing on the playground to being diagnosed with acute myeloid Leukemia in the blink of an eye. Brooke immediately started chemotherapy, but doctors said a bone marrow transplant was necessary to save her life. Luckily, Brooke’s sister Caitlin was a perfect match and willingly stepped up to save her sister’s life. Brooke is now ten and there are no signs of the cancer recurring! Her past performances at Terp Thon have defined her as annual show-stealer; this past Terp Thon, Brooke belted out “This is Me” on stage. Brooke dreams of someday being a veterinarian or famous singer, but in the meantime, spends her days riding bikes and playing with her sister. Brooke and Caitlin have a bond like no other sisters and are the best of friends.
Sisters share a lot of things: toys, clothes, and for some, even bone marrow. Caitlin was just five years old when her younger sister, Brooke, was diagnosed with leukemia. A bone marrow transplant was Brooke’s best chance for survival, and Caitlin happened to be a perfect match. Without fear, Caitlin volunteered herself to save her sister’s life. Now, nine years later, the two are both healthy with a bond stronger than most. The transplant did not slow Caitlin down at all; she has participated in races and kid’s dashes that benefit causes such as Children’s National and cancer research. She is a cheerleader and is involved in theatre, and was named DC’s 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Champion, along with Brooke!