HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. - A Carmel boy who died of brain cancer continues to help others through the artwork he left behind.
We first met Brooks Blackmore last year as the community rallied around the boy using the battle cry "Be Brave Brooks." Back then, Brooks was struggling physically and wasn't able to play sports like he used to. So he took up painting instead.
He started work on a special piece on his mother Tracey's birthday last winter. He called it, 'Sweet Pea Up In Heaven'. Sweet Pea was the name of the family bulldog who had just passed away. No one knew Brooks would soon follow.
On May 21, Brooks died in the family home. He was 6 years old.
“I really feel like this is his vision of Heaven and this is his gift to us, since he’s passed," said Tracey. "Yet his biggest gift is what we are now able to do with it.”
The Blackmore family collaborated with shoe maker Bucketfeet which created a limited-time-only shoe with Brooks' painting on it, in an effort to raise awareness about childhood cancer.
“Every day seven children pass away from cancer,” said his father Josh Blackmore.
$20 from each sale will go to the St. Baldrick's Foundation to find a cure. According to the Foundation, only "4 percent of U.S. federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research." Brooks' shoe is only available to order through October 10th.
"I think he thinks it’s so cool," added Tracey. "I really do I just have this feeling inside of me that he is so happy and proud. And to have a little piece of brooks walking around with everybody. I just think that is so cool.”