Brooks' Story

On December 28, 2009, Brooks Call was diagnosed with acute Myeloid leukemia (AML), also known as acute myelogenous leukemia. AML is a very aggressive cancer that starts in the bone marrow and keeps the blood cells from maturing the way they should. Brooks is 13 years old and is the son of Greg and Lisa Call. He has two younger brothers, Ethan and Nic.

Along with our prayers, well wishes, and positive thoughts for Brooks, what can we do to help Brooks and his family? Our goal is to allow all family and friends to assist Greg and Lisa with any funding we can donate for the many expenses that will be involved in keeping Brooks going strong. Not only would we like to contribute to help with the mounting medical bills, but also for gas, babysitting, food while staying with Brooks at the hospital, and many other expenses.

Please look at the "Please Help Brooks" section on how-to-donate. We have made it very easy for all family and friends to help out – where ever you are! Please donate, and pass along this notice to all of your family and friends. Have them go to this blog to find out more information on how to donate and get updates on Brooks!
Thanks, from all Brooks’ Family!

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

New blog site

We have a new blog site for Brooks. It is a hospital web site. I hope this link works. If not you can find him on carepages under his name. Thank you again for the support you are giving our family!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Home Stretch!!!!!

Talked to Greg yesterday and Brooks is on his last treatment just waiting for his immune system to build up so he can go home – For good.  After this round Brooks will start the monthly checkups and slowly reducing checkups over the next five years.  In other words Brooks is on the home stretch!!!!  

Way to go Brooks – Keep getting healthy!!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Make A Wish

Brooks was able to go with his family to the Make A Wish room last night. I haven't talked to Lisa, but I did hear that it was really great! Brooks had some awesome wishes. His first wish was for a lion hunt in Africa...I love that wish! His second wish was to go on any hunting trip. I assume he said any really exciting hunting trip. His third wish was for a four-wheeler. I can't remember the name, but when I find out, I will let everyone know. What amazing wishes!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Brooks was finally able to come home today! Yeah for Brooks (and the rest of the fam)! This round was really difficult for everyone. We are so grateful that Brooks was able to be strong enough to come home today. Hopefully we can get some updated pictures posted soon. Thanks to everyone for your continued prayers and good thoughts. Stay healthy Brooks! We all love you!

Friday, April 23, 2010

It is 11:00 am and I just woke up. I'm just sitting here thinking about how lucky I am. Living here at the hospital isn't all bad. Brooks likes to stay up late at night because that's when he feels his best, so most nights we watch movies, read books or play games into the early morning hours. I miss my sleep but I'm so happy that I get to be spending this time with him. I get to hang out all day with my son. . . it's awesome!This last round has definitely been the hardest so far. Brooks is so tired and fragile. He sleeps most of the time. He started having fevers a few days ago and it turns out he has some form of staph. The antibiotics are working though and he is holding strong.The other morning about 5 am I woke up to Brooks listening to his iPod, Bob Marley,"don't worry about a thing, cuz every little thing is gonna be alright", was playing. I just can't help thinking about how precious life is, how everyday we have here is a miracle and how lucky we are to be alive. Brooks always talks about the things he is looking forward to, the things he wants to experience in life. Somethings are big but most are simple: hanging out with friends, playing with a dog, wrestling his brothers, going to school, swimming, hiking a mountain, riding his dirt bike, learning to snow ski, hunting, fishing, camping, boating, I'm sure once he is better he will never waste a day. I'm constantly reminded to live every minute to the fullest and enjoy the time we have together.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bald boys

I feel like the past week has just flown by, and I haven't had time to give a lot of updates. Brooks went back into the hospital on Thursday, April 1st. He is just about finished with his chemo treatments. His last dose is tomorrow. He has been tired, but has stayed healthy,which is great. This round, some of the chemo medication is blue. Brooks thinks it is pretty cool. He has been spending most of his time putting together Legos (when he is awake). That kid LOVES Legos! He received a lot of cool gifts on Easter from the Easter Bunny. I think that several Easter Bunny's showed up that day to bring him gifts to cheer him up. We all love that he is able to stay at Primary Children's. It is such a great hospital and there are so many people who donate to help kids like Brooks lift their spirits! What a blessing!

Sunday, March 28, 2010 week early

This weekend has been great for Brooks and the whole family! Yesterday, he spent the day with his family and cousins at Grandpa and Grandma Palmer's. They had an Easter egg hunt and flew kites. It was so fun for everyone! Brooks even tried to play a little bit of "steal the flag" with all of the cousins. Today, he had an Easter celebration at Grandpa and Grandma Call's. He was super tired (probably from all of the running around on Saturday), but all was a great weekend!