We recently received an emotional and heart-rending message from Amber Coleman about her daughter Brooklyn. It came attached with a picture. Here is the picture and message.
“My 5 year old daughters name is Brooklyn and at the young age of 5 she decided that she wanted to be a UK cheerleader when she grew up. Sadly my sweet baby did not make it to the age of 6 in this life so we made sure that she would be a UK cheerleader in Heaven I send this picture to ever UK sight and ask them to post it because I refuse to let my daughters memory die she will live on forever thru her family and UK Basketball.”
We were obviously moved by the story of this young Wildcat fan and reached out to Amber to tell us more about this precious little girl. I think Brooklyn reminds us all what it’s about to live a life fully and how to cheer on her beloved Kentucky Wildcats.
We asked Amber to tell us a little more about Brooklyn. Here is part of what she had to say:
“Brooklyn was a very energetic charismatic child. She was one of those kids that was always happy and smiling and laughing and playing. She was sooooo very friendly to everybody and everything even inanimate objects!! I don’t believe she ever met a stranger everybody was her BEST FRIEND. She could brighten up anybody’s day and steal your heart after meeting her for 5 minutes.”
“Looking back I would say she was a true angel on Earth. Some of my daughters interest were dressing up, she was a real “girly girl” heels necklaces ruffly dresses crowns rings bracelets and always a purse. She loved riding her bike, she learned how to ride a bike with no training wheels at about 2 1/2 she loved her bike she would kiss it goodnight when it was time to put it up. During the summertime she would literally chase butterflies for as long as the sun was up and when it went down she would switch to lightening bugs until it was time to come in. She would put them in jars while she was catching them and she began letting them go inside of my house and they would light up in her room at night.”
On her love for all things Kentucky Wildcats:
“Brooklyn was born into a UK household and raised as a fan. And any true blue fan knows we instill UK pride into our kids from the womb. But there is always that first moment when a parent knows MY BABY IS NOW OFFICIALLY A FAN!! For Brooklyn I remember that moment. A friend of mine is a Buckeye fan and he is a UK HATER and one day he Voxed me (a voice text app) and he said UK SUCKS. Brooklyn, who was almost 4 then, heard the voice text and she picked up the phone pushed the button and said “Oh NOOOOO them don’t BIG BLUE NATION IS THE TRUTH WE GOT BANNERS AND ME BLEED BLUE ALL DAY EVERYDAY!!” Her sister, both brothers, father and I all started clapping and saying tell him Brookie from then on she was a true blue fan!!! And we couldn’t have been prouder!!”
When I would tell Brooklyn we were about to watch a UK game she would run in her room put her UK cheerleader outfit on grab her UK pillow pet and run back in the living room and say me ready momma and she would proceed to start doin cheers in the living room until the game came on. During the games Brooklyn would sit holding her Uk pillow pet to her chest and intensely watch the tv. Most times she had no idea what was goin on but she knew if we were ahead we were good. If we were behind she’d say come on boys LETS GO UK!! And whatever her father or I would scream at the tv (get the boards, GET THAT OUTTA HERE, Shoot that, hes a BEAST, FOUL, OH MAN COME ON, YEEEEEES) she would repeat at the top of her lungs even if she didn’t know what she was talking about. And when we would lose she would put her hands on her hips and say Me don’t care me still bleed blue momma!! I’d say that’s right baby.”
On her favorite player:
“As I said before everybody was Brooklyn’s best friend so lol of course every UK player past or present was her FAVORITE player. However the year Anthony Davis played her favorite thing to tell people was “Us winned now bow to the brow”…
On Brooklyn and her final moments:
“Brooklyn passed away in a car accident. We were in our way to a friends house to watch a UK game when I had the accident. She got in the truck and said “momma me gonna lay down on you UK hoodie cause me sleepy”. That was the last thing my daughter ever said to me.”
“I believe that the only thing Brooklyn would want for UK fans to do to support the teams with her passion is simply BE A TRUE BLUE FAN. Good season bad season, win or lose, championship or not, ALWAYS BLEED BLUE and ALWAYS BE PROUD OF UK!!
Life takes turns that we can never ever imagine that it will. Our society is so caught up on money and material things and always rushing around to busy to stop and enjoy the trully meaningful moments in life. Things can happen in the blink of eye that can take the opportunity to MAKE those meaningful life moments. So take time to MAKE and TRULY ENJOY wonderful meaningful lasting memories with people in this world you love especially your children. Someday they may be the only thing that will get you through the day if those people are no longer there with you for you to make memories with.”
Thanks to Amber for reaching out. Thanks to Brooklyn for showing us all how to be a Wildcat fan, through the hard times and the good times, it’s about family. La Familia!!! For Brooklyn, let’s cheer on these Cats, GO BIG BLUE!!! GO BIG BLUE!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!