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Helping cancer kids to feel better

A COOMINYA woman is doing her bit for children with cancer, as the Australian distributor of Brooke's Blossoms.

Five-year-old Brooke Hester was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma a year ago. When she lost her hair, her mother saw how devastated she was and Brooke's Blossoms N Buddies was born.

Colleen Forma said she thought of her involvement in the program as a gift.

"Originally, I had a son who had cancer and I wasn't able to do anything for him, so I started supporting a few children and got involved with Make a Wish," she said.

"I began supporting Brooke's mother and father and they asked if I would do the Australian branch of the foundation, as they were based in New York for Brooke's treatment.

"It's basically about spreading the word about childhood cancer and give as many children as possible something to feel good about."

Brooke's Blossoms are brightly coloured, large flowers and headpieces that are sent to the youngest of cancer sufferers to raise spirits, after experiencing the side-effects of treatment.

"Either people contact me or I find them and they give me a colour and a name and address and I send the blossom, completely free," Mrs Forma said.

"I just pay the cost for postage, which is my gift to them.

"They all come from Texas, where Brooke is from, and they are all natural fibres.

"We have to get the message out there that there isn't really a cure for childhood cancer.

"It's so vicious and aggressive.

"Families are struggling with this cruel disease.

"But in the meantime, we can help to make a child feel special."

Brooke's Blossoms has flowers for girls and Brooke's Buddies bandanas for the boys.

Winter stock is on its way.

If you know someone special who could do with one of Brooke's Blossoms, contact Colleen on 54264803.


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