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Social Work Dream Survives Death at World Trade Center

Brooke Jackman. Photo courtesy of the Brooke Jackman Foundation.

Brooke Jackman, 23, an assistant bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, planned to leave the job and get a master’s degree in social work so she could help children.

But Brooke died in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, according to this article in the New York Times. Her parents found applications to social work graduate programs in her apartment.

Brooke’s dreams did not die in the rubble of the World Trade Center. Her family started the Brooke Jackman Foundation to distribute books to needy children, including homeless youth and victims of domestic violence. And to honor Brooke, the foundation hosted a nonstop reading of children’s books at the World Financial Center, which is being built at the site of the World Trade Center.

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  1. What a wonderful story and a truly incredible legacy to Brooke’s memory. Her dream lives on through the dedication of her family to fulfill her goal of helping others. They should be named honorary Social Workers – their mission represents our core values perfectly.
    Kathy Gurland, LCSW

  2. I never knew brooke and she never knew me, I was just 5 when she died and a thousand miles away in Australia, but for some reason, everytime i look at a photo of brooke, it’s almost as if i can feel her around me, i cannot imagine what you guys would be feeling.. Anyway, you are lucky to have had her for as long as you did. God Bless.

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