Community rallies around family after Combined Locks girl loses battle to cancer

Family photo via Facebook

COMBINED LOCKS — The community expresses its support for the family, an 11-year-old Combined Locks who has lost her battle with cancer.

Brooklyn Jean Grishaber died Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Children’s Hospital Milwaukee, after her battle with Leukemia.

Grishaber, who attended Mapleview Intermediate School in Kimberly, loved Tik Tok, playing the piano, watching her brother play sports, spending her summers at Evergreen Campground and hanging out with her family and many friends, according to her obituary.

Her death touched many in the Fox Valley, who have shared their thoughts and prayers on social media.

Hundreds of people responded to a Facebook post from Jon and Cara Grishaber announcing the devastating news.

Grishaber has been supported by many in the community during her ongoing health battle, and several organizations have posted their condolences on social media.

The Fox Valley Metro Police Department posted a photo of the orange #BrooklynJeansTeam wristband.

“This is in memory of Brooklyn Jean, an 11-year-old from Combined Locks who recently lost her courageous battle with cancer. During her fight, the color orange was worn to show her love and support. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time,” the department’s Facebook page read.

Others also shared their support.

“Our community has been gathering around Brooklyn and her family for nearly two years. Unfortunately, Brooklyn has lost her battle with Cancer. The Sheriff’s Office had the pleasure of meeting the Brooklyn family this past holiday season. Our thoughts are with her family and our community at this difficult time,” read the post from the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office.

The funeral liturgy was held on April 1 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Combined Locks, under the direction of Father John Becker and Deacon Dave Hayden. Burial will take place at St. Paul Cemetery. A memorial fund has been set up instead of flowers.

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