Meredith Mulhearn is an artist in Ridgefield, CT, a close-knit community that has rallied behind beloved resident Brooke Blake and her family throughout her journey with a deadly brain tumor called DIPG. After a 3 1/2-year battle with DIPG, Brooke passed away in June 2020 at the age of 12. Although Meredith only met Brooke once, she was inspired to create a tapestry that paid tribute to this beautiful and unforgettable girl who radiated hope and love.
In order to truly honor Brooke’s journey, Mulhearn consulted with her family, who openly shared stories and provided her with a number of personal items for inclusion in her art.
“If you look closely, the artist was able to add the plastic from Brooke’s mask that was used for her 40 rounds of radiation. Also there are pieces of her prescriptions that she had to take. Also included are threads from her prayer shawl and I was even able to provide roots from our own garden. Thank you Meredith Mulhearn for a beautiful representation of her life starting with soft colors and ending with beautiful fluffy white representing Heaven. Everything in between such as all the vibrant and dark colors represents her short life,” said Madeleine Blake, Brooke’s mom, in a recent facebook post on the “Believe in Brooke” group page. “I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I do. It’s sad but beautiful just like Brookie. She’s sad no longer and living in Peace.”
The tapestry, intended to reflect Brooke’s triumphs and struggles starting at the bottom and working its way upward, is available for auction at https://www.32auctions.com/pathofanangel. 100% of the winning bid will benefit the Children’s Brain Tumor Project. In addition to the auction, the artist created a personalized fundraising page for those who wish to make a donation in Brooke’s memory. For more information, please read this article from the Hamlet Hub.