The Brookestrong Foundation was created in honor of our 19 year old daughter, Brooke Elizabeth Dawkins, a sophomore at the University of Central Florida and a sister of the Kappa Delta sorority. On February 23, 2014, Brooke was struck by a vehicle while crossing Alafaya Trail near the campus. The medical team at Orlando Regional Medical Center worked tirelessly to provide a positive outcome for our Brooke. Tragically, her injuries were too severe and resulted in a complete and irreversible loss of brain function. On March 5, 2014, with her loving family at her bedside, Brooke earned her wings. Brooke was a registered organ donor and her family honored her wish. Through the coordinated efforts of doctors, nurses, Translife Organ and Tissue Donation Services, and the love of God, Brooke’s donation of her heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and both corneas have given others the gift of life and sight.
The most important, and often forgotten step, is communicating this choice to your family and loved ones. Fortunately, we knew Brooke was a registered donor and she had communicated to us that providing the gift of life was something she believed was important. Since we understood it was important to Brooke, it was automatic for us to sign the necessary documents during this painful time.
The Brookestrong Foundation is dedicated to saving and improving lives by increasing organ donor registries by sharing our story...Brooke's story.