Honored Kid

Charlita Brown

Charlita Brown Kid Photo


Chicago, IL, US


Acute Monocytic Leukemia

Date of Diagnosis

April 1997



Treated At

Michael Reese Hospital Comer Children's Hospital

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My Story

Charlita laughed, smiled and enjoyed all the wonders of the world. Things that most of us took for granted. She had wisdom well beyond her years which you could see when you looked into her eyes. Understanding, thoughtful and concened about others feelings. These were her attributes before she became ill. They never changed. After losing her hair, some children made fun of her. This was the only time she ever cried. I shaved my hair at that time, I taught at her school and went to talk to her classmates about not making fun of others. Charlita asked me not to be too hard on them. She conforted her nurses, doctors and other children in the hospital. I don't know how she did it considering the pain she had to endure. She would visit other children and play with them. She learned quickly how to paint and make crafts.(She won a nationwide art contest while in the hospital) Showing other children how-to do the same and would spend time with them when they were lonely or not feeling well. She knew before her family what her outcome would be so she made gifts to give to her family. On the day she made her transition, every nurse, doctor, lab tech from both hospitals came to be with her. Everyone held hands around her bed until her Spirit ascended from her body. I have never witnessed anything like that in my life before. At her young age she taught us to be strong when in pain, find something good and something to laugh about no matter what the situation is. And to Always help others in need. Touched many in a short time. She was a great teacher! All that knew her will never forget her. Not just because she was so young, it was how she gave so much, how so many people cared about her as much as her own family to take the time from their lives to be with her. Charlita thank-you for the years, months, weeks, days, hours minutes and seconds that you were with us!

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