The friends and family of Leschel Brooks invite you to join them as they come together to remember Leschel and help spread awareness about the dangers of blood clots.
Event: The Leschel Brooks Memorial Blood Clot Awareness Day
Date: August 28, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Commodore Barry Park "City Park" in Brooklyn, NY (entrance on the side nearest Park Ave / North Portland Ave)
Leschel's Story as Told by Her Family:
Oh, what a gut-wrenching blow our family and friends experienced on that fateful evening of September 18, 2021 at 11:58 p.m. Our beloved daughter, mother, sister and friend succumbed to a deadly blood clot at only 32-years-old.
How could this be? She was too young to get a blood clot! But in hindsight, it was the perfect storm…
Leschel had recently fallen and injured her ankle, requiring a cast to heal.
When Leschel began experiencing new leg pain, she consulted multiple doctors. After all, Leschel was a medical assistant and was familiar with the symptoms of blood clots but unfortunately, we were all under the common misconception that blood clots do not happen to young people. This is why it is so important to bring awareness to this deadly disease.
We now know that blood clots can happen to anyone, at any age. Leschel was 32-years-old when she developed a blood clot in her leg (DVT), which was not properly diagnosed before traveling to her lungs (PE) and ultimately taking her life.
We now know that Leschel was at an increased risk for developing a blood clot. According to the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA), risk factors associated with a fractured ankle include physical trauma causing injury to a vein, prolonged immobility, and reduced blood flow when placed in a cast.
Losing a loved one always hurts but Leschel’s death hit especially hard. Not only because it was untimely but also because of the kind of person she was. Leschel showed love and compassion to anyone and everyone she encountered. She had a heart of gold. Her laugh and infamous smile lit up any room. She was the definition of beautiful, inside and out. The type of person who would give you their last, give you the shirt off their back and make sure you were good. She truly was and still is a gem. I say STILL because her family and dearest friends would like to bring awareness to others of this silent, deadly killer and make sure that in her death, Leschel can continue to help others just as she did in her life.
After witnessing our beloved’s untimely death, our family has felt compelled to bring awareness to risks, signs and symptoms of blood clots. That is why we are partnering with the National Blood Clot Alliance to bring awareness to communities nationwide. I hope we can count on members of our community here in Brooklyn to join us in the fight against blood clots and honor the memory of our beloved Leschel.
We are asking for donations for this cause, if possible, to help spread awareness before another life is taken and another family is left with the unimaginable pain that we feel each day since September 18, 2021 when Leschel was taken from us.
Thank you in advance and God bless.