At the age of thirteen, when most teens are worried about whether their friends like them or if they should try out for the softball team, Rocklin High School student, Brooke Saunders was faced with undergoing a second open heart surgery. This was a trial that she was strong enough to survive, but Brooke was unaware how much a gift from her grandfather would play a role in her recovery. By sheer coincidence, Brooke's grandfather had also undergone open heart surgery, and he knew that she would need some comfort during her time of healing. Through his love and understanding of her struggle, he was able to provide her with a healing pillow. This pillow became instrumental to her recovery, allowing Brooke to find comfort when she coughed, sneezed, or sat up to get out of bed.
After this life-altering experience, the Brooke's Healing Heart Foundation was launched by Brooke and her parents in 2016. Since they had endured the intense anxiety of watching their beloved child undergo her first heart surgery at eight days old and the second surgery at age 13, they wanted to give back to other families around the world. The foundation was established with the mission of making and delivering healing pillows to children in hospitals to assist in their recovery process after surgery. Each pillow is handmade by volunteers and sanitized before being sealed in a package for delivery.
So far, the feedback has been amazing, and their goal is to help as many people heal from heart surgery through the efforts of our foundation as possible. Since Brooke is a living example of the miracle that can be yielded from successful open heart surgeries, it gives them a unique vantage point for empathy. It also helps them to create high-quality pillows with a great deal of love and respect for those who will be using them. Brooke is now the greatest inspiration, being someone who is enjoying a full life after surviving two surgeries. Thanks to the efforts of her doctors and the love of grandpa and the family, Brooke is able focus on normal life adventures like traveling with her competitive softball team. We hope that her story is inspirational for those who have yet to undergo heart surgery, and perhaps, with enough effort, our healing pillows will find a way to their hearts.
The Brooke's Healing Heart Foundation makes and delivers healing pillows to hospitalized patients to assist them in their recovery after heart surgery. Each pillow has been made with care by volunteers and properly sanitized before getting sealed into packaging for delivery. There is also a note of encouragement from Brooke that comes with each pillow to brighten the spirits of those facing the trials of open heart surgery.
The positive feedback for the foundation has been amazing, and they hope to expand their efforts to more hospitals in the near future. Their mission is to help people around the world to have a better healing experience after their open-heart surgery.
The Brooke's Healing Heart Foundation foundation proudly provides services to the following hospitals: UC Davis Children's Hospital, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford And Sutter Sacramento.
Whitney High School Future Business Leaders!
"Our chapter hopes to grow in subsequent years, and open chapters at the middle school level to better prepare our youth for their future business endeavors. I am extremely proud of our students and the effort, professionalism, and dedication they are demonstrating. It speaks volumes about the education and experiences they have received at Rocklin Unified School District," said Brian M. Pointer, Whitney High School Accounting and Mathematics teacher and faculty advisor to FBLA.
2016 First PTC President/Booster Club Meeting Sparks
Ideas, Concerns and Suggestions!
Two wonderful community minded businesses made the lunch special: The Window Box Café in Rocklin donated the delicious meal for our hardworking group and Shiseido Cosmetics (Macy’s Roseville Galleria) also donated some keepsake products for our attendees. Next meeting will be at Studio Movie Grill who also agreed to donate to our hard working parent group! Check out this link to their wonderful Special Needs Screenings they provide for local families! https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Movies.aspx
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