Many of you have heard me talk about Cooper, a friend of my son’s and Cooper’s mom is a dear friend of mine. It’s been five years since Cooper died at age 12, and I can hardly believe it. My son will graduate this year, while Cooper will not. While this is a celebratory milestone for my son, it remains a hard reminder that Cooper is not with us. My son still talks of being sad, another friend has Cooper’s birth and death dates tattooed on pec in roman numerals. Cooper’s passing was a loss of a fabulous kid, and created a lasting scar for his friends and family.
Cooper had a DIPG tumor in his brain stem at age 12 - he fought hard and faced physical, emotional and spiritual challenges no child should have to face. Despite his amazing strength and spirit, and the support of his amazing community, he did not survive.
The type of brain tumor Cooper had currently has a ZERO percent survival rate. We are approaching five years since Cooper's passing, and I would like to see this change.
I have ridden the Courage Classic for the last two years it ran, and this year is a special year. The Climb for Coop and Wheels teams are riding in Cooper’s honor – he’s on our jersey and will be in our hearts and minds. All money raised will support of cancer research and the exceptional care Cooper and other children receive at Children’s Hospital.
I would greatly appreciate your contribution - we ride in July - I'd greatly appreciate your support in reaching my $2,000 goal. Any amount will help.
I look forward to letting you know about our fundraising success. Let’s do it for Cooper!