Seven-year-old Cooper from Reno loves all things football, but especially his favorite team the San Francisco 49ers. He and his parents, Alexis and Jim, would frequently watch the games on TV, amazed how much their young son knew about every player. In addition to football, Cooper was like any other seven-year-old, active and full of energy. One day when Cooper’s mom took him to a routine pediatrician appointment however, the doctor recommended that they get some additional blood work done. The next thing they knew, Cooper was on a plane to Oakland where he was diagnosed with leukemia. Though the battle was real and difficult, watching his team – win or lose- always brought a smile to Cooper’s face.
When given the opportunity to have a wish granted, his parents were not at all surprised he wished to meet his team. Local Catholic High School Bishop Manogue sponsored Cooper’s wish and surprised him at a football rally that his wish was coming true by playing a video from the 49ers.
“1162 straight days of chemo – that’s why Make-A-Wish is so important – it’s not just about them getting better, it’s about getting them whole again.” ~Jim, Cooper’s Dad
On his wish to meet the 49ers, Cooper had the chance to do everything he had wished for and more, including even tossing a ball around with a few of the players! The experience gave Cooper and his parents the chance to just be a normal family again, away from the stress of chemotherapy and hospital visits.
Cooper’s wish sponsored by Bishop Manogue Catholic High School