Cooper was just 2 years old the first time he was diagnosed with cancer.
After being treated for rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the soft tissue, at a hospital near his home in Virginia, Cooper’s family thought the worst was behind them. But a little over two years later, they received the devastating news that Cooper had a cancerous brain tumor called a medulloblastoma.
“Having two unrelated cancers is unusual,” said Cooper’s mom. “We knew we needed to go somewhere specialized.”
After surgery to remove the tumor at a local hospital, Cooper began treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. “Everything here is focused on kids,” Cooper’s mom said.
Runners who fundraise as St. Jude Heroes are helping kids like Cooper, who is now in first grade and loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Legos. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.Register as a St. Jude Hero Donate