12-year-old Brooke Mulford loves animals, especially dogs. When the movie, A Dog’s Purpose premiered, she wasn’t able to head off to the theater like other kids her age.
Brooke is battling neuroblastoma at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. When word got out on Facebook that she wanted to see the film, a mission began to bring A Dog’s Purpose – and a special visitor – to Brooke.
Bailey is one of several canine stars from the film. His handler flew him all the way from California just to meet Brooke. The well-trained pooch even climbed up in bed with her amid her collection of colorful stuffed animals.
It turns out that Bailey was the perfect choice for Brooke out of all the movie’s dogs – she has her own Bailey – a Golden Retriever – waiting at home.
Along with the surprise visit and the private screening, Brooke received a signed copy of the book the movie is based on by W. Bruce Cameron, with a personal message inside that reads:
“For Brooke: I wrote this story because I believe love is eternal and that we all go on to meet again.”
Those words are especially touching for Brooke’s mother, Amy. The family recently received the difficult news that after 8 years of fighting, Brooke is no longer responding to treatments, and her cancer has spread.
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