PITTSBURGH - At just 3-and-a-half years old, Brooke Johnston was diagnosed with leukemia.
“Even if you could think about it a million times, you’re never going to be prepared,” said Adam Johnston, Brooke’s father.
Brooke was starting to complain about leg pain, telling her parents she was unable to walk. A blood test confirmed she had leukemia.
“Our number one concern was, can she survive this?” said April Johnston, Brooke’s mother. “When we heard yes, we said, ‘Okay, we're going to do everything in our power to get her well.’”
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Her family endured months of treatment and heartache, but today, Brooek is in remission.
A now 5-year-old Brooke will be the star at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk Oct. 10 at Heinz Field. She'll be on stage, holding one of the lanterns.
April and Adam Johnston said the walk is a chance for their daughter to meet fellow warriors and unite with a community they never expected to join.
“We are there supporting the people battling blood cancers, and the survivors and those that have unfortunately passed away,” April said.
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