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In 2009, the Cooper Trooper Foundation was initiated after Rod and Missy Cook’s youngest son, Cooper, was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer as an infant. The Cook’s realized that through their traumatic journey, there was a huge need for sibling resources for parents. At the time they experienced this first-hand with Cooper’s older brothers (Carson and Colby), who were 5 and 2 years old at the time. Unfortunately, siblings can get unintentionally “lost in the shuffle” when all the focus is on their sick sibling. These kits are provided with the intention of celebrating sibling’s strength and courage, providing education, and enhancing total family care.
During their son’s diagnosis and treatment, the Cook’s became aware of the lack of support for pediatric cancer research. In spite of the fact that cancer remains the leading cause of disease related death in children, there is minimal funding designated for this cause. It is the great hope of The Cooper Trooper Foundation to have no families left to support – for researchers to find the cure to all childhood cancers. In order for this hope to ever become a reality, more money must be designated for this cause. Therefore, the Cooper Trooper Foundation financially contributes to childhood cancer research through an Endowed Fund at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
What Drives Us
Cooper Trooper Foundation’s mission is to champion the fight against childhood cancer through sibling support and research funding.