The Corpus Christi IceRays are deeply saddened by the passing of Brooke Hester this afternoon after her battle with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. The impact and inspiration that Brooke had on the staff, players, and those that had the great fortune to meet her will forever be felt.
The IceRays organization was touched by the gentle heart and beautiful spirit of Brooke from the first moment the staff met Brooke last summer. From that first meeting, the IceRays, led by General Manager Pat Dunn, wanted to help spread Brooke’s message with the rest of the IceRays community and raise awareness for childhood cancer with the first annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Night on September 27, 2014. In preparation for the evening’s events, the IceRays players aided Brooke in the creation of dozens of blossoms to give out to fans, and in the process they also felt the power of her spirit in the development of strong bonds and moments. On the night of the game, she shared her voice, her message, and her joy with the thousands of people who joined the IceRays at the American Bank Center.
The IceRays are forever thankful to have shared in the life of an inspiration like Brooke and helped to share her story. We will continue to honor and celebrate Brooke’s life as well as continue awareness and aide for childhood cancer. We hope the IceRays family and Corpus Christi community join us in that celebration this upcoming season and in the years to come.
The IceRays family sends our deepest condolences, our thoughts, and our prayers to Brooke’s mother, Jessica, and the entire Hester family for their loss.
Thank you, Brooke.