Brooke Ashleigh Coates Fund
The Brooke Ashleigh Coates Fund was established to fund three main areas of interest:
- Infant Toddler Mental Health to fund projects that either work directly with the 0-3 population or support professionals within this population.
- Empowerment/Leadership for young women ages 12-17 to support projects whose vision is to support and empower young women.
- Cultural Enrichment to ensure that all children are able to share their artistic talents.
Brooke Ashleigh Coates was a vibrant young woman from Sierra Vista, Arizona, who passed away three days after her 18th birthday from a traumatic brain injury.
Brooke was a special soul who impacted everyone that she came into contact with in her short life. She was full of energy and participated in a wide array of activities including choir; piano; Girl Scouts, where she earned her Silver Award; and cheerleading.
Brooke grew into a strong woman who advocated for many social causes and she consistently demonstrated leadership, compassion, and concern for others through her active participation in community service projects. She particularly loved presenting programs and interacting with residents at a local assisted living facility, serving meals at homeless shelters, and assisting in preparing meals at Our Lady of the Mountain social events. Each year she volunteered at various local Social Services events including: The Community Back to School Fair, Children’s Activity Fair, and Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse Pancake Breakfast.
Everyone who knew Brooke will always remember her kind word for anyone in need, her show-stopping smile, and her passion for life. Her final act of generosity was to donate her organs so that others might have a new lease on life.