Briana is a fun-loving little girl who has had a harder life at the age of 8 then most adults you may know. However, that doesn’t stop her from being one of the sweetest and most thoughtful girls you’ll ever meet. She is stubborn and full of sass, but that is why we all love her. She loves animals, has a very special bond with almost every dog she meets but giraffes are her favorite! A week and a half ago she was living the life of a healthy 8-year-old little girl.  

On Wednesday November 4th, Brie’s school called her mom Trish and said that Brie had fainted. With great strength, Trish took Brie to Virtua of Vorhees and began testing. Within hours, the doctors uncovered the problem; there was a 5-centimeter tumor on her brain. On Thursday, Brie underwent 12 hours of surgery at CHOP to remove the tumor from her brain stem and had an external drain inserted. This was not an easy surgery as Brie developed a blood clot on her brain resulting in a stroke.  She will remain at CHOP during initial recovery and then begin her stay at an inpatient rehabilitation center. There, she will have to relearn how to walk, talk and do everyday life things all over again.  

As you can imagine, this a very difficult time for Brie and her family. Their world has been turned upside down with a blink of an eye. They have a long road of recovery and rehabilitation ahead of them, physically, mentally and financially. The year 2020 has been unpredictable, exhausting and a bit scary for everyone. For Briana Troutman, 2020 is unprecedented. We are asking that you consider helping the Troutman family in any way that you can, with prayer and/or monetary donation. It takes a village, and a village is what Brie needs right now. #BrieStrong 


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