at , Reno, 89701 United States
Welcome to the Friends of Brooks Foundation Facebook page!
On June 5, 2012, we welcomed our son Brooks James Brolsma into the world. We knew that he was going to need imminent heart surgery, so two months prior to delivery we packed up and moved to Las Vegas. We left our jobs, our house, and all of our responsibilities and had no idea when we would be back to Reno, but it didn't matter because we were about to become a family. Brooks was born 3.5 weeks early, and was put on a ventilator right away. Within his first two days of life things seemed to be going well, and we were told his heart was functioning better than they suspected. They even thought there was a possibility he would not need heart surgery as soon as expected. As one can imagine we were beyond thrilled and were filled with a sense of hope that we would be back home with our boy in a few weeks. Boy, were we wrong. Just one day after we received this amazing news, we were devastated by a life-threatening event. At three days old, Brooks suffered a pulmonary hemorrhage, in which he lost 50% of his blood supply. They were unsure as to whether or not he would pull through the night, and to all of our amazement, he did. Right from the start he was a fighter. Each day he grew stronger, and bigger, and after 3 weeks he was ready for his first heart surgery. Surgery was a success, and although we were terrified the whole time, Brooks got through it with flying colors. Although still on the ventilator, he seemed to be thriving, so it was decided that he was ready to try breathing on his own. A month after he was born, they tried intubating him and failed. It was attempted 2 more times, all with no success. Finally, they came to the conclusion that his nasal cavities were closed and that he would need a tracheostomy in order to get off the vent. We were posed with a big decision. It was either stay in Las Vegas, 8 hours from home in a town we were unfamiliar with until Brooks was old enough to get nasal surgery (up to one year), or opt for a trach, in which the recovery was quick and we could get him home faster. We chose the latter, as there was nothing we wanted more than to have our baby boy home with us. So, a tracheostomy was performed and we were finally able to see our son's whole face, uncovered from all the ventilator tape and tubes. It took another month of recovery and parent training, but at the end of August we were ready to come home. We had spent 3.5 months in Las Vegas and were thrilled to be headed back to Reno. Once home, Brooks began to thrive. Although we had to take him to numerous doctor appointments each week and he was constantly poked and prodded, he was the happiest baby in the world. Friends and family members supported our transition home through bringing us home cooked meals, aiding in our grocery shopping, and holding fundraisers to help us pay for our extraordinary amount of bills we accumulated for Brooks' health needs. It was because of all of them that we were able to keep afloat during such a huge time of change. At around 4 months, we learned that Brooks had something called Charge Syndrome and because of that he was legally blind and deaf. One would have never guessed by looking at him because he smiled constantly, laughed and played as if he had every sense all the other babies had. Brooks made friends every place we took him, and his friends were always enthralled with his playful demeanor. Day by day he grew bigger and chubbier, and at 10 months he was ready for his full repair heart surgery back in Las Vegas. Once again we prepared to pack up our lives to move for an unknown amount of time, but it was something that had to be done. We took our whole extended family with us and our hopes were high. Once again, we could not wait to get back home. Brooks ended up passing away shortly after surgery. Although he is gone, we are left with the happiness and positivity he met life with every day. He passed that joy for life on to everyone he came into contact with and we have been forever changed by him, as have many others.
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Attention Friends: Our annual golf tournament is on the books for October 5 at Empire Ranch Golf Course with a 10 am tee time. If you are interested in golfing the price is $80 per golfer, or if you would rather join us for the BBQ only, the price is $25. Please send us a message via Facebook if you would like to register and feel free to send us any inquiries you may have. Don't miss out! As most of you know, this tournament is a blast!
Friends of Brooks wants to give a huge thank you to Kelseayne Nevin for raising over $220 for our foundation during her annual penny drive. We would also like to thank everyone at Hugh Gallagher Elementary school who donated! You all rock!
Happy New Year from the Friends of Brooks Foundation! Thank you so much to those of you who have supported us over the past year. Your generous donations have allowed us to assist 3 local families financially as they endure medical hardships out of the area. We can't wait to see what 2014 brings and all the additional families we will be able to help. We know Brooks is looking down on us from heaven and is proud of our foundation's achievements so far! Here is to a prosperous 2014!
Yesterday was a total success! We hope you all had as much fun as we did! Thank you again for all your support and stay tuned for pictures from the tourney.
Today marks one year since our sweet Brooks' passing. In that year, our foundation has raised over $14,000 and assisted 4 local families in Brooks' name. Thank you to all the supporters, sponsors and volunteers who have made this possible. There is no better way to honor Brooks, and the amazing baby he was, than to help others in our community.
Friends of Brooks Foundation is teaming up with Chili's May 7th to raise funds for a wonderful, Carson City teenager battling cancer. If you eat at the Chili's in Carson for either lunch or dinner, and bring with you the fundraiser flyer, 15% of the proceeds will go directly to the Gill Family. If you are interested, message us and we will email you the flyer, and please spread the word. This family is very deserving of our support! Thank you:)
Today is the day!! Golfers we will see you at 8:30 for registration and BBQ goers we will see you around 2:30! Let's make today a memorable one:)
Thank you again to everyone who supported the Third Annual Friends of Brooks Golf Tournament! It was a huge success and we had a ton of fun! A special thank you to photographer Scott Chandler @ scottchandlerphoto.com. Make sure to check out his webpage, as he does amazing work. We have some upcoming events we are excited to share with you here in the near future, so please like and share our page so everyone is in the loop and expand our reach. We are going to be giving away a few awesome prizes in the next couple of days to people who like, share, and comment on our page!
One more day to go until our inaugural tournament and we are so excited! We still have 10 golf spots open, so if you like to golf, or know anyone who does, please spread the word. Thank you and we can't wait to see you all out there tomorrow:)
Okay friends and family, only 3 more days until the tournament! We are still looking for 14 golfers, so if you know anyone who is interested please let us know. Also, for those of you just wanting to come eat some food, and check out the raffle/silent auction prizes, we have some great ones lined up. Just to name a few we will be auctioning off dinner and room packages from the Eldorado, a Mt. Rose Season Pass, a Dillard's cosmetic basket, and stunning artwork from Tony Jackson and Kelly Fisher. Raffle prizes will include gift cards to several restaurants and hotels around the area, a beautiful Vera Bradley purse, spa and salon treatments, Mt. Rose lift tickets and many, many more great items! Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each and can be purchased with either cash, or card at the golf course. Trust us, you do not want to miss out!