Salisbury rallies with prayers for Brooke Mulford

Salisbury residents rallying to support Brooke Mumford in the 11-year-old’s latest struggle with cancer will dress in purple and yellow on Monday, the colors of neuroblastoma awareness.

On Thursday, scans showed the disease had spread throughout her body and is in her skull, shoulders, spine and both femurs.

The girl, who, for years, has been an inspiration with her ever-present smile and cheerful attitude, was admitted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for pain management and another round of chemotherapy.

Saturday evening, she developed a high fever and blood and oxygen levels dropped. She was given morphine and oxygen. By this morning, her mother, Amy Mulford, told close family friend Kelly Noonan she was feeling sad, but looking forward to Noonan and her two young daughters visiting.

On their way to Philadelphia, the Noonans stopped at Kohl’s to snap a photograph of the 50 people who met in the parking lot to sign a get well banner for Brooke and give Noonan dozens of gifts and cards.

“There is a whole trunk load of stuff going up to her,” Noonan told the Salisbury Independent today.

Brooke was concerned about their safety, driving after the snowstorm, but Noonan, who said and Mrs. Mumford are as close as sisters, assured her they were fine.

“We’re asking everyone to keep praying for a miracle,” she said, as Team Brooke Prayer Warriors shared Bible verse promises on Facebook and vowed to honor that request.

Noonan, who met Amy Mulford when the two were studying at Salisbury University – Salisbury State College at the time — offered her e-mail address,, to accept good wishes for the child.

When Noonan asked what she’d like, Brooke mentioned Pokemon cards, Animal Jam & Club Penguin membership cards, Skylander figures, Legos and gifts card for Amazon and restaurants.

Brooke has always enjoyed a variety of foods, particularly sushi, and was eating avocados as a toddler, said Noonan, a nurse who remembered being in the labor and delivery when she was born.

“I always say Brooke is like an angel walking on earth. I just feel she was put here for a different purpose, not just to be a kid. She has done more in her short lifetime than a lot people have done by the time they’re in their 50s. She is smart and well rounded,” she said.

“You have to give Amy credit. Even with Brooke’s illness, she still treated her like a kid and disciplined her when she needed it. And she always had high expectations for her.”

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