Brooklyn Wood, One Tough Mudder

Organized by: A Light Network

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On April 5th, A Light Network will be running the Tough Mudder in honor of a young girl who was involved in a devastating ATV accident that claimed the majority of her right arm. Supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps provide support for wounded veterans, the Tough Mudder is one of the largest, most popular, and most physically challenging obstacle courses currently being run in the U.S.

In December 2013, with the help of Chive On Tucson and Gentle Ben’s Brewery, A Light Network raised $2,000 in order to purchase toys for the 65 kids staying at the Diamond Children’s Center at UMC. Now, we focus our efforts on helping provide support for a young girl who has lost something irreplaceable. Her name is Brooklyn Wood, she is 14 years old, and she is going to be our “Little Wounded Warrior”.

We met Brooklyn Wood on March 2nd, 2014. Knowing very little about the specifics of her injury, we drove from Tucson to Safford to meet with her and her family. We arrived at her home and noticed that the front of her house was decorated with “Get Well Soon” signs, paper hearts, flowers and other colorful decorations. We were soon greeted by her family, and a few of her close friends. We then sat down and met Brooklyn. By all accounts, Brooklyn is a completely normal 14 year-old girl, with great friends, a close family, living the life of a typical teenager. However, after removing the pillow that was covering her right side, she revealed that she was missing her right arm from the bicep down. Brooklyn, along with her family and friends, began to tell us the story of the accident and how Brooklyn, Our Little Wounded Warrior, lost her arm barely a month ago.

On February 2nd 2014, Brooklyn, her younger sister Mia, and her close friend Katie were involved in an all-terrain vehicle accident. The vehicle they were riding in flipped, ejecting Brooklyn from the cab, and knocking Katie unconscious. Miraculously, Mia was uninjured. As Brooklyn attempted to wake Katie, she tried to move the hair out of her own face, but quickly realized she had no control of her right arm. When the ATV rolled, it had crushed the lower part of her arm from the bicep down, breaking both bones and leaving the rest of her arm badly injured. The girls were rushed to the hospital with Brooklyn losing blood quickly. Once there, Katie was well taken care of, but the orthopedic surgeon quickly determined the severity of Brooklyn’s injury, and knew they would need to get her to a vascular surgeon as soon as possible. With the closest on staff vascular surgeon located 133 miles away in Tucson, Brooklyn was flown by helicopter to our own University Medical Center where they would begin their efforts to save her arm.

After several surgeries, doctors were optimistic that they would be able to save her arm. Taking a vein from her left leg and placing it into her right arm, they attempted to re-establish blood flow to her arm and hand. It looked like the worst was behind them. However, after several days, due to complications, Brooklyn’s right arm had to be amputated just above the elbow. Which brings us where we are today.

Now, just under two months removed from the accident, Brooklyn and her family continue with the healing process, and we want to help. Brooklyn is a strong, extremely resilient girl. The road ahead will be tough, but she is prepared to handle whatever obstacles stand in her way. One of the main functions of A Light Network is to support groups or individuals who might need help or support in some way, whether that be financial or emotional support, we are here to provide a source of hope.

Along with running the Tough Mudder in honor of Brooklyn, we would like to raise money for Brooklyn with the hopes of providing her with some sense of normalcy, something awesome that might take her mind off of her injury for a little while. Like many fourteen-year-old girls, Brooklyn enjoys music, makeup, gymnastics, shopping, dancing, and the color pink. We would like to do something for Brooklyn that includes a couple of these interests, and what we are able to do depends entirely on how much money we are able to raise.

On April 5th, our team is going to run, get beat, burned, and electrocuted in hopes of providing some emotional support for a girl who suffered a devastating injury. We’re going to film the whole thing, put it on our site and Facebook, and hope that it encourages a few people to donate some money to a great cause.

There’s no doubt, we are going to get our asses kicked. But Brooklyn Wood is Our Little Wounded Warrior, and she’s One Tough Mudder.


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The Light That Shines

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6 years ago

Mo & Po

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Awesome job! 6 years ago




Awesome! 6 years ago

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