The BROOKESTRONG Foundation was created in honor of our 19-year-old daughter, Brooke Elizabeth Dawkins, a sophomore at the University of Central Florida and a sister of the Kappa Delta sorority. On February 23, 2014, Brooke was struck by a vehicle while crossing Alafaya Trail near the UCF campus. As a result of the accident, Brooke suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and was treated in the Intensive Care Unit at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
During treatment for her TBI, Brooke’s medical team discovered a ruptured aneurysm in her brain, which was surgically repaired. The doctors and nursing staff at Orlando Regional Medical Center worked tirelessly to provide a positive outcome for our Brooke. Tragically, her injuries were too severe and resulted in a complete and irreversible loss of brain function. On March 5, 2014, with family at her bedside, Brooke earned her wings.
Brooke was a registered organ donor and her family honored her wish. Through the coordinated efforts of doctors, nurses, Translife Organ and Tissue Donation Services, and the love of God, Brooke’s donation of her heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and both corneas have given others the gift of life and sight.
The BROOKESTRONG Foundation has been established as an eternal tribute to Brooke. The Foundation was created exclusively for the purposes authorized under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
BROOKESTRONG is dedicated to saving and improving lives by increasing organ donor registries.