SALISBURY, Md. - Members of the community gathered together to remember and celebrate the life of Brooke Mulford Friday night at James Bennett High School.
The 12-year-old Salisbury native passed away earlier this month after a long fight with Neuroblastoma.
Close family friend Kellie Noonan said this type of celebration is just what Brooke would have wanted.
"When I was with Amy (Mulford) last weekend after [Brooke] passed away, the first thing I said was 'Amy we have to have a party for Brooke.' ... She's having her own party. She's up there right now, I'm sure, coordinating and directing everybody and what they should be doing."
Amy said it best, calling it a 'fitting ending' to honor the life and legacy of a courageous 12-year-old who inspired thousands.
"(I hope) they continue to remember those things that Brooke taught them, and things that were inspired by her, and that they don't forget her. Not three months from now, just go back to the way things were, I want people to remember, and I continue to be inspired by how she lived her life," said Mulford.
Along the fences of the James Bennett High School football field were photo montages of Brooke's life, and tied ribbons from Salisbury Christian School with messages from Brooke's classmates. The ribbons in purple for Neuroblastoma, and Gold for childhood cancer awareness.
And there were more messages, sent to the heavens during a balloon release, complete with special message written by those who attended.
All-the-while, hundreds gathered on the grass and listened to an hour's worth of speeches and videos remembering Brooke.
For Amy Mulford the fight continues, and even though Brooke is gone, her legacy and her foundation battle on.
"With her foundation raising money for research, I'm just as passionate as ever, if not more, to continue trying to raise awareness and funds for Neuroblastoma research."
In lieu of flowers, the Mulford family asks that donations be made to the Brooke Mulford Foundation for Neuroblastoma research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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