Read on for the legacy of Brooklyn Smith, the inspirational and amazing little girl behind our Brooklyn Caught the Berry Bouquet Nail Dash. This fierce and smoldering matte shade will have everyone noticing your fantastic manicure!
Brooklyn Smith was a spunky, extremely intelligent young lady. She loved princesses, Barbies, ANYTHING pink, chocolate milk, M&M's and especially her dog, Lulu.
Exactly one week after Brooklyn’s 5th birthday, her family received the most inconceivable and devastating news a parent could imagine. The otherwise extremely healthy 5-year-old was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a “rare” form of Pediatric Brain Cancer, that is accompanied by the following statements,: “Terminal”, “No effective treatments”, and “1% survival rate” to name a few. The median survival time is 9 months from diagnosis.
Sitting idle had never been one of Brooklyn’s strengths as she was both crawling and talking by 6 months, walking at 10 months, and writing her name by age 3. She loved to sing and dance and pretend to be a ballerina on stage with Barbie. She also loved to diagnose, treat, and note the outcome of her mountain of “stuffies” in her Big Book of boo boos, and swim with her dolphin friends as she explored the ocean as a mermaid.
Giving up or in to DIPG wasn’t in Brooklyn’s makeup, and through it all, her SMILE prevailed. On January 16th, 2011, she underwent brain surgery to relieve pressure from access fluid buildup. She withstood 6 weeks of radiation losing portions of her hair, endured repeated steroid regiments wreaking havoc on her small body, and seven months of chemo therapy. She lost 90% functionality of her left hand, was forced to wear a foot brace to help her safely clear the ground, and could name all 6 or so medicines she took daily.
In a matter of hours, she witnessed her voice being stolen right before her eyes, as she and her parents sat helplessly. But standing strong was Brooklyn’s SMILE, her drive to get out of bed every day reminding her family, friends, and supporters to SMILE, to push on, to fight, for her and every other child, and to honor those before her.
Brooklyn was courageous and fought for 15 long months that no 5 year old should have to endure. She showed unbelievable strength through her journey and is a daily inspiration to keep pushing forward even when the skies are gray. Brooklyn was a warrior and a fighter and we are proud to honor her bravery and courage, her smile, and her life.
When we put on this product, we can look down and remember to SMILE, just as Brooklyn did and wanted everyone else to do, too!