When we talk about leaving a legacy, most people don’t picture a seven-year-old child, a small, somewhat dependent person, having the power to affect the world. If you follow the Operation Warm blog and the Operation Warm Facebook page, you already know the power of children who are making a difference, paying it forward, and helping take care of others. We love to spread the good news.
But, it really strikes your heart, deep at the source, when the child who is still making a difference in the world has left that world behind more than six years ago. This is Brooklyn’s legacy
Brooklyn “Brookie” Corinne Basham died on September 18, 2011. It was a Sunday. She left behind many who loved her, including her parents, her brothers, a grandfather, and a class full of friends at Central Elementary School. Coping bravely with a fatal disease, she must have inspired many.
One of those who are still inspired to this day is Carol Alsman, who honors Brooklyn’s legacy and her family through donations to Operation Warm. “She was born with mitochondria disease, which caused her not to be able to maintain her body temp, especially in cold weather,” Carol says. “Therefore, a warm coat and other attire were important. When she passed, mom wanted to have a way of paying it forward, therefore my donation to Operation Warm.”
Because of Carol’s generosity and Brooklyn’s legacy, there will be other children Brooklyn will never meet, who can have warmth, health and hope this year.
To donate to Operation to honor Brooklyn Basham, click here. Specify that you wish to honor Brooklyn Basham’s memory. We can send a note to her family about your gift.
To donate or learn more about mitochondrial disease, visit umdf.org