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The Secret Place

November 2004 “I want to go to the Secret Place right now. Please take me back to the Secret Place,” you pleaded desperately as we drove home after our visit to the surgery unit. “I don’t know what you are talking about, Brooke. Where do you want to go?” “Call...

The value of our freedom!

(October 2004) Dearest Brooke, Chemo round two was characterized by one overwhelming reality…your sweet, precious days of carefree childhood have changed. After 35 days of being attached to an IV pole, you were frustrated. The nurses decided to give you a break one evening and...

The day our daughter was diagnosed with leukemia

As I ponder all that has transpired in our lives since September 14, 2004, the day our three year old daughter, Brooke, was diagnosed with leukemia, it is hard to believe what we have lived through. It is painfully difficult to look back. In honor of all the families who...

L.I.F.T. Program

Love In Fragile Times Program "Over the past year, B.I.G. Love Cancer Care has developed and facilitated the L.I.F.T. Program. The L.I.F.T. program's mission is to "lift up" cancer patients and their families who are in medical, financial or psychological crisis. With your amazing support, we...

B.I.G. Love's 1st Ambassador

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, B.I.G. Love Cancer Care has added a new Ambassador Program. A message from B.I.G. Love's First Ambassador - Leroy. My name is Leroy Baker. I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) one year ago. I am from Jamaica and came to Texas Children's...

Journal entry from December 2004 - February 2005

At midnight, on Christmas Eve, a miracle happened. A kiss from God to you, sweet Brooke. It snowed. For the first time in over 20 years, the Texas Gulf Coast was lightly dusted. Seeing white-roofed houses, snow covered trees and children building snowmen in their front yards, was a foreign, yet...

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September 29, 2006 - 10 years ago today

Sep 29, 2006 – Journal Entry - 9:30 a.m. I got on the hospital bed with you and scooped you up in my arms and held you tight. You looked like you did when you were a little baby. Everyone gathered around your bed. I stroked your hair. I traced the outline of your eyebrows, your nose and...

Mother's Day 2011

On Mother‘s Day thanks to Memorial Church of Christ we were able to bring 40 baskets for each family on the hospital floor designated as "B.I.G. Love‘s". Kerri and Ben Schaefer were in charge of this project, and B.I.G. Love was blessed to have them join us for delivery. I...

Kids just want to be kids!

Each week, when we visit the kid’s cancer unit, I am always reminded of one very absolute reality. Kids want to be kids! No matter how sick or how isolated or how confined or how restrained they are. There is an innate desire in them for fun, for laughter, for playing…for the...

Papa Bert meets Brooke

  Bert Gray Phillips Jr. was born on October 19, 1939 in Angleton, TX. On Monday, February 21, 2011, he passed away at his beautiful home in Angleton. He was one of four children of Bert Gray Phillips Sr. and Elsie Marie Borskey Phillips. Bert was preceded in death by his parents, brother...