Girl with rare brain disorder gives gift to other children

Brooke Mezzo was a happy, seemingly healthy baby girl, but soon after she was born, a rare brain disorder called Rett Syndrome began taking over her body. 

Now, despite her inability to perform basic tasks, she's proving everyone has something special to share with those in need. 

Most kids with Rett Syndrome appear normal the first few months after birth but lose purposeful use of the hands and the ability to speak. Eventually, Rett claims their capacity to perform motor functions. 

Other symptoms include seizures and cognitive disabilities. While the disease has robbed 8-year-old Brooke of her ability to eat, walk and talk, it hasn't diminished even an ounce of the love Brooke's family feels for her.

"She's beautiful. She brings love to our family and togetherness and I wouldn't trade her for anything in the world," says Brooke's mom, Brenda Mezzo.

She wants everyone to know just how valuable her sweet little girl is, in spite of her horrible disease. So they came up with an idea; why not donate her hair to Wigs 4 Kids? It's a Michigan based nonprofit that provides wigs no charge to children experiencing hair loss due to cancer, alopecia and other disorders.

"I want her to give back to the community because right now she can and what is her best asset? Her hair, and it grows like that. It will make some little child so much happier," says Mezzo.

Brooke's family plans on donating to Wigs 4 Kids again when her hair grows out again. They say they love the thought of helping other children in need, plus, they think she looks super cute with it short.

With all of the Mezzo's mounting medical expenses, they can't afford to buy a wheelchair lift for their van. They also need a permanent wheelchair ramp for Brooke at home. If you would like to help them out, you can here:

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