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Rolesville girl with rare liver disease doesn't sit on sidelines

Posted June 14, 2012
Updated June 15, 2012

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— A 12-year-old Rolesville girl with a rare liver disease doesn't live her life on the sidelines. Brooke Parrish won't let difficulty breathing keep her from the softball diamond.

Parrish started playing softball after watching her brothers on the baseball field. Though she's waiting for a liver transplant, Parrish stays in the game.

"It's not like I can't breathe. It's just really hard," she said.

Earlier this year, Parrish thought she had a cold. When it worsened, doctors diagnosed her with hepatopulmonary syndrome, a liver syndrome that affects her lungs.

"I can tell that when she gets to third base, she's out of breath," said Charlene Parrish, Brooke's mother.

The waiting game for a new liver is hard on the Parrish family, but they're not strangers to hardship. In 2006, Gregory Parrish, Brooke's older brother, died from a disease that put tumors throughout his nervous system.

"At that time, we thought we would never be doing anything like this ever again," Charlene Parrish said. Now, she adds, it's heart wrenching to watch a second child suffer from serious illness. Rolesville girl awaits liver transplant for rare disease Rolesville girl awaits liver transplant for rare disease

Still, Charlene Parrish said, the family is optimistic that Brooke will get a liver transplant soon.

"They could call and we need to be in Pittsburgh in six hours," she said.

A fundraiser for the family is set for June 23 at Rolesville Town Hall to help pay Brooke's medical expenses.

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  • iluvkittens147 Jun 19, 2012

    I love Brooke and she is my best friend. Keep the parrish family in your prayers. she is an awesome spirited girl, luv ya Brooke!

  • lisa4 Jun 15, 2012

    What a brave young lady!!!!! You hang in there Brooke. Praying for a donor liver for you real soon!!!!

  • tsquaring Jun 15, 2012

    PayPal donations may be made to brookesbuddies2012@gmail.com
    If you have any questions, you can call 919-761-9413

  • michellebcurry7 Jun 15, 2012

    I am a local softball mom and our team is wanting to help raise money for this beautiful little girl. We will be playing in a tournament the weekend of the fundraiser, so we, most likely, would not be able to attend. If anyone knows of any contact that I may reach to get more information, that would be great! We will certainly be praying for her and her family. We definetly want to show our support.

  • carolinagirl75 Jun 15, 2012

    This is just a great, great family, and Brooke is a sweet, courageous little girl. Thoughts and prayers are with them!

  • Uhavenoclu Jun 15, 2012

    My daughter and Brooke started playing softball together years ago. I credit her father for teaching my daughter the fundamentals of softball and the love for the game. Brooke is a joy and full of smiles and laughter. They are a wonderful family and we pray for peace in their hearts and minds, a donor liver, and healing.

    I know many who have had transplants,and know what she is going through but seaking from experience it's the ones around her that worry more then she is worrying..She is hoping for one soon,but even though she is aware she needs one she is not letting it get her down and deter her from doing what she enjoys.
    And seeing th story they are a wonderful family and I hope many show up for the event on the 23rd.

  • packfan96 Jun 15, 2012

    My daughter and Brooke started playing softball together years ago. I credit her father for teaching my daughter the fundamentals of softball and the love for the game. Brooke is a joy and full of smiles and laughter. They are a wonderful family and we pray for peace in their hearts and minds, a donor liver, and healing.

  • ncdixie1 Jun 15, 2012

    And we say we can't do what because why? Rock on baby girl!

  • Uhavenoclu Jun 15, 2012

    Good for you,you are very brave...This is from a diary from Sallie Myers,she was a 21 year old Assistant to the Principal at a School in Gettysburg she along with many other women and towns people..who were the real heroes of Gettysburg ..wrote this and it is pretty much what Children feel,you see it in the faces and ways of Children with "Diseases",like Cancer or Liver/Kidney diseases.

    "I went back and forth between my home and the hospitals without fear.
    The soldiers called me brave, but I am afraid the truth was that I did not know enough to be afraid and if I had known enough, I had no time to think of the risk I ran, for my heart and hands were full.'

    Enjoy each moment to your fullest and never let anyone or anything prevent you from achieving or fulfilling your desire and dreams.And Hope you get your Transplant very soo.

  • jamesvasilko Jun 15, 2012

    Woul that more people have this girl's spirit.