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5-year-old girl with cancer is living out her bucket list

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By STEPHANIE STANAVICH, WSTM

FULTON, N.Y. (CIRCA via WSTM) — In September 2017, Brooklyn Hall was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Doctors found a baseball-sized tumor in the frontal lobe of her brain.

The then-toddler endured emergency brain surgery the day after doctors found the tumor.

"She couldn't walk, she couldn't talk, she couldn't pick up her head," Brooklyn's mother, Megan Hall, said.

She went through radiation treatment, and her parents slowly started seeing progress. Eight months after the diagnosis, she was cancer-free.

"We had a really great summer, and then a week before Christmas, we went down to St. Jude's (St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn), and they found three new tumors in her brain that had propagated since May," Hall said.

Hall said doctors told them Brooklyn, now 5, only had six months to live.

That's when they created her bucket list, which includes a prom that will be held at the Marriott Ballroom in Syracuse, N.Y.

"The family is just amazing I would do anything to help them, because I know they would do anything to help anybody else."
Jenna Thurlow, family friend

"Not only does Brooklyn have good memories, but we will have good memories, and they're not just in the hospital. (Her brother) Logan is just 7 years old, and I don't want him to remember his sister as always being sick," Hall said.

Friends and family are there every step of the way through this journey. Kellie Barker and Jenna Thurlow baked more than 1,400 cupcakes to sell for donations to benefit Brooklyn.

This isn't the first time they have helped the Halls. When Brooklyn was first diagnosed, they held a fundraiser so that Brooklyn's grandmother and brother could fly to Memphis where she was getting treatment.

"We're just trying to do everything we can," Barker said. "That way, they can spend time with her, not have to worry about bills and life while they're spending time with her and do as much as they can with her to make those memories."

"I just love the family, and the family is just amazing," Thurlow said. "I would do anything to help them, because I know they would do anything to help anybody else."

"Our friends and family and the community have been amazing, and Kellie and Jenna are always going above and beyond what is ever expected of a person, so we're very blessed," Hall said.

The prom for Brooklyn will be held from 1-5 p.m. on March 10. It costs $10 per person, and Hall said everyone is welcome to attend.

The family is raising money to help fund the other items on the bucket list, which Hall has not announced yet. To donate, click here.

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