At age 18, Cooper was just starting a new adventure in life as a freshman at Ithaca College when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in September 2013. Just days after his diagnosis, Cooper experienced serious complications which resulted in several life saving surgeries. Those setbacks could not stop cancer treatments and Cooper continued the multitude of chemotherapy treatments, tests and procedures. In July 2014, he underwent a third major surgery and amazed doctors by returning to Ithaca College in August 2014.

With great fortitude and a strong will, Cooper made up his missed Freshman year and graduated in May 2017 from Ithaca College with a degree in Healthcare Administration – a field he personally positively experienced in the past four years as a patient at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.  Our journey would not be possible without the love and support of healthcare providers, family, friends and community. Pediatric cancers will effect more than 300,000 children, youth & young adults this year.

Please support organizations like Paige’s Butterfly Run.  By giving, you can benefit current and future pediatric cancer patients and families in Central New York through the sponsorship of pediatric oncology research and patient programs.