The right to vote in this year’s federal election was extra special for a young patient at BC Children’s Hospital.
20 year old Brooke Malakoff had been battling a rare tumor three-quarters the size of her lung since she was a teenager and spent a number of years in hospital.
Today, the hospital reported she passed away this weekend; this was the story she shared in an earlier video.
“You know, I had a little bit of a plan: Go to school, get a career, get married, and have kids, that kind of thing. General plans, but… now it’s just day to day… And I think I kind of prefer it that way.”
She was only 20 years old, but she had dreams like everybody else.
One of her last was to vote in the federal election.
It was a wish that Alex Oxenham with the Canucks for Kids says Elections Canada helped to faciliate this week before she died.
“When I heard that from my friend at B.C. Children’s Hospital that that happened and that’s what she did… I’m a proud voter anyway, but that just touched my heart in a way that I didn’t anticipate. I think she was an extraordinary young woman.”
Oxenham says Brooke’s last act is a reminder that voting is a privilege, one that we often forget is an opportunity that can’t be wasted.
— Canucks For Kids (@Canucksforkids) October 18, 2015
Watch Brooke share her story here: