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Brooke’s New York dream comes true

Redditch Editorial 12th Feb, 2015 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016

A TEENAGE cancer patient’s dream became a reality when she had a taste of the Big Apple.

Brooke Evans, who was diagnosed with acute lumphoblastic leakaemia when she was 17, was taken to New York thanks to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The charity, which grants wishes to children and young people who have a serious or terminal illness, paid for the 19-year-old and her parents to fly out to Manhattan for Christmas.

Once there, the family watched Matilda The Musical on Broadway, visited the Rockefeller Centre, and did a spot of Christmas shopping before returning home.

The brave Winyates teenager has to undergo chemotherapy every four weeks and take daily medication.

But she has not let the disease stop her from appearing on awareness adverts, organising fund-raising events and taking part in a 16-mile bikeathon in Birmingham.

Her mum, Melanie, said: “The day Brooke was told she had leukaemia her whole world fell apart. Up until that day she had everything she wanted; good first year A Level results, lovely friends and a part time job.

“But Brooke being Brooke refuses to let it get her down. Despite everything that she’s going through, she’s always there for others with a beautiful smile on her face.

“We all had the most amazing experience and we really can’t thank Starlight enough.

“The whole trip was simply magical. Brooke is still buzzing and can’t stop talking about the trip.”

Brooke added: “Dreams really do come true! I felt like a real princess in a fairy tale.”

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