Military Child Salute – Brianna Burkett
Monday, November 12, 2012
We are starting another new week here at General Sarge HQ with a Military Child Salute! This week is a very special salute as we are privileged and honored to introduce you to Brianna and her sister, CPL Donika Burkett.
Brianna’s mom writes – “Brianna is a Hero in her own way. She was born with a rare genetic disease called Canavan Leukodystrophy. Most children with this normally live between 3-10 years of age with some making it into their teens. Brianna was blessed to turn 18 this past September and is currently a senior in High School”.
Brianna’s mom further wrote – “When Donika was in Marine bootcamp two years ago she sent a letter saying; ‘When things get tough, she thinks of her sister and her willpower to fight this disease. That would give Donika the willpower to stay strong and see it through bootcamp”.
CPL Donika Burkett is currently deployed as an Aviation Operation Specialist with the Marines. She was initially assigned to the USS Green-Bay but recently transferred to the Peleliu. When Donika is home Brianna always “lights up” when her sister plays the flute, piccolo or even an Indian flute. She loves to listen to her sister play and is looking forward to the day her sister comes home and can once again enjoy the beautiful sounds her sister can make.
Donika and Brianna’s mom finished her letter to us saying “Both of my daughters are my Hero’s and make this mama very proud.”
Indeed! You have much to be proud of and we are proud to salute them both here at General Sarge HQ!
Nominate A Military Child For Our Salute
Every Monday we love saluting a military child – whether it’s a child of a military family or in the case for today a daughter or son of a proud parent – and we are always looking for nominations. It’s easy to nominate a military child for our weekly salute too…
Remember to spread the word and tell your friends! Every child we salute receives a Build-A-Bear Workshop teddy bear!
Two paws up!