Welcome to Becoming Brooke! Thank you so much for taking the time to be here. My name is Tara Mallory. I am Brooke's mom and YES that's me in the video above. I am passionate about A LOT of things; homeopathic health, breast cancer awareness, dance and art, but NOTHING comes close to the passion I feel about seeing my girl realize her fullest potential in the face of Autism.
This campaign is about funding the IVIG (blood plasma) treatments that Brooke needs to help reset her immune system from the damaging neurological disorders sometimes associated with Autism. We are already seeing some awesome results and need YOUR help to keep it going as the treatments are very costly ($4000 per treatment) and NOT covered by insurance.
By contributing to Becoming Brooke you will not only be saving a young girl, but you will help her to realize and express her dreams making her an active and giving contributor to the world.
What We Need & What You Get
Brooke needs 18-24 IVIG treatments. IVIG stands for Intravenous Immunoglobulin or in plain english... blood plasma given through and IV. Each of these treatments costs approximately $4000.00 every 3-4 weeks. We have to travel from Tennessee to NJ or Florida to see her doctor for these treatments. This requires at least 3 days off work and school to travel, have the treatment and travel home. She must stay overnight for observation in case of reactions. The $4000.00 per treatment includes the following costs:
- the actual cost of the blood plasma.
- the doctor's fees
- travel expenses including: fuel for 1400 miles each trip, missed work for both parents, lodging, food.
ALL funds will go directly to and for Brooke's treatments!!
A personalized bracelet!
- A special bracelet that shows you support Becoming Brooke. I have created a website www.becomingbrooke.net that I hope to use during and after the indiegogo campaign is over as a resource tool for other parents dealing with similar issues. My ultimate goal is to help fund like treatments for other families in a similar situation.
Contributors will also get a picture card of Brooke with a personal signature from Brooke herself! Writing is something that proves very difficult for her, but the treatments have helped her begin to do this with more ease and THAT is one of the many reasons to continue the treatments! You will get to see for yourselves how much you are helping her express herself and BECOME BROOKE!!!
Helping Brooke is going to impact not only her....but the world!!! Brooke is an amazing young girl who has so much to express and give to the world. She is a light and a gift! Practically, as Brooke becomes....healthy, independent and expressive your contribution will be multiplied as she is able to truly impact the world and give back!!
I am excited and passionate about my first campaign, but I am equally excited and plan to help other families in the future. My goal with creating www.becomingbrooke.net is to ultimately create a foundation to help other families in similar situations.
Other Ways You Can Help
THANK YOU so much for taking the time to read and hear about Brooke. There are other ways to help if you can not donate. Visit Brooke's website below and learn more about us via twitter and Facebook. Please help me spread the word through:
Much love and thanks!!
Tara and Brooke