CARMEL, Indiana (KTVU) - A mother mourning the death of her young son is leaving HotWheels in spots around town in hopes of keeping his memory alive.
Brooks Blackmore's mother Tracey tells KTVU Brooks was a healthy, active and loving 5-year-old boy when he was diagnosed with inoperable brain tumors.
Brooks' family was told there was no cure. "During this time Brooks lost all ability to eat on his own, talk, walk, sit up and his visual motor skills were impacted," she said.
Brooks' family was hoping for a miracle as his tumors unexpectedly began to shrink. "Doctors told us they had never seen this tumor shrink so much in short a period of time. We had no doubt he was going to beat this nasty tumor," said Tracey.
Sadly, a tumor was later found on Brooks' cervical spine. "He did everything he was asked to do and fought so bravely," said Tracey.
Brooks died on May 21, 2016. "He was brave to the end and inspired thousands along the way to be bigger than brave, to 'Be Brooks Brave' and live in the moment."
Brooks had a love for HotWheels. When the family went to Legoland to honor a Make-A-Wish trip Brooks was never able to attend, they decided to leave a few unpackaged HotWheels around the park. "Just to give us comfort and to know he was with us," said Tracey.
Now, Tracey leaves HotWheels around town where she hopes children will find the toys. She calls it "Finders Keepers" and adds a copy of Brooks' painting, information on childhood cancer and a link to Brooks' St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraising page. In doing so, she is raising awareness for childhood cancer while honoring Brooks' memory.
"The response we have gotten has been unbelievable and so heart-warming. It has helped me through these difficult days. Knowing that Brooks' name and story still inspires others around the world is helping heal this mama's broken heart. He is not forgotten," said Tracey.