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March 20, 2017 | Mysti Jordan
You know how it is when you’re so excited to see a movie and you’re planning to head to the theater the second it comes out. Twelve-year-old Brooke Mulford was anxious to see A Dog’s Purpose when it came out, because she loves dogs and she also has a golden retriever named Bailey, just like in the movie.
Unfortunately, in January, a tumor on Brooke’s skull grew into her brain and caused some hemorrhaging that required emergency surgery and radiation, so she’s been stuck in the hospital this whole time and didn’t get to go see the movie. Brooke was devastated, so a family friend named Marcie put it out on Facebook, wondering if anyone could help Brooke see the film.
The post reached Cathryn Michon, who helped write the screenplay with her husband, W. Bruce Cameron. He’s also the author of the book that the movie is based on. The two of them arranged for Brooke to receive an autographed copy of the book and some movie merchandise. Then, they reached out to Amblin Entertainment and got a copy of the movie for Brooke to be able to watch from her hospital bed. There was even a special guest the same day – Trip, the dog who portrays “Bailey” in the film!
Brooke's mom said that her daughter said it was one of her best days ever. That alone made it special for her mother, who admitted, "Seeing her so happy was so good for my heart. It will be a memory I will treasure always."