Brooklyn Rouse gets awarded by Cherry Blossom Festival with Bravery Blossom
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Brooklyn Rouse was honored Thursday morning by the Cherry Blossom Festival. Rouse was given the first ever Bravery Blossom medallion because of her courage and strength.
On December 26th 2016, Rouse thought she was delivering a pizza, but was shot, robbed, and left for dead. Rouse went through many surgeries and therapy, which she is still attending.
“Because of your courage, your heart for making the world a better place,” said Cherry Blossom Festival Chairman, Don Bailey. “You are a hero to many.”
“It gives me goosebumps. I still tear up. Even every time I see the progress that she’s made,” said Rouse’s aunt, Monica Coleman-Jackson.
“I think about it all the time. It’s life-changing,” said Rouse. “It’s amazing that I’ve come this far. I’m still able to do every day things.”
Almost a year after the shooting, Rouse is on the road to a full recovery.
“She’s a fighter,” said Coleman-Jackson. “She’s definitely a fighter. She showed us her resilience, her ability just to be positive and maintain that positive attitude.”
That is why the Cherry Blossom Festival wanted to honor Rouse.
“We graciously symbolize that tragedy can turn into a testimony,” said Bailey. “You (Rouse) have taken something that could have been horrible and now the testimony is surrounding all of us.”
Rouse says her family and the community’s support has been what keeps her going. She also maintains a positive attitude.
“I just decided that I wasn’t going to let something so cruel dictate my life,” said Rouse.
The Cherry Blossom Festival also awarded different groups and organizations during for the International Festival and Event Association (IFEA).