Unexpected diagnosis as a baby…
Cooper was diagnosed with Morquio Syndrome, type A (mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS), type IV A) on 30 Jan 2014. He was 16 months old at the time of diagnosis, and besides a bump on his back, you wouldn’t have known anything was wrong with the curious, ornery, quick to laugh, babbling toddler.
As part of ongoing treatment, Cooper has had to have weekly Enzyme Replacement Therapy. He spends 5.5 – 6 hours at the hospital on infusion days. Over the last six years, he has undergone over 300+ of the infusion treatments.
Additionally, Cooper has had numerous major surgeries. The first was a surgery to address issues in his spine & neck. The second and third were to fix his hip, knees, and ankles. The latter surgeries happened this past summer, which meant he spent the entire summer in a body cast.
Cooper is a massive hockey fan. He watches as many Avalanche games as he can, and one of his ultimate dreams is to play ice hockey. Now Cooper is in 3rd grade at Wilder and was recently given the opportunity to try sled hockey. He absolutley loved it. Seeing as how he had to learn to sit up, stand and walk again this ummer, this is a huge step for him to enjoy some ice time.
His sister, Campbell, (5th Grade) is now playing ice hockey and roller hockey. She started learning to skate in Littleton, and after quickly picking this up, she challenged herself to begin roller hockey at Skate City. Recently, she has begun to attend Aces Hockey Academy, which allows her to play ice hockey as part of her curriculum five days a week. She also enjoys the off ice training and dance class, where she excels. She is an amazing big sister and advocate to Cooper as well.
Let’s Create Something Special Together
The Tippetts continuously have to deal with significant medical bills associated with medical procedures, surgeries, and treatments and the loss of income from one parent. “Taking care of a chronically ill child is one of the most draining and difficult tasks a parent can face. Beyond handling physical challenges and medical needs, you’ll have to deal with your child’s emotional needs and the impact that a prolonged illness can have on the entire family. Luckily, this tough balancing act doesn’t have to be done alone… (KidsHealth.org).”
Donors Like You
With the help of donors like you and matching dollars from DAWG Nation, the Tippett family is looking to upgrade Cooper’s mobility devices, work with DAWG Nation to create and plan an uplifting family experience and sport (Avs and DU) experiences, as well as to help pay off the hefty medical bills that they encounter at the beginning of every year.
DAWG Nation intends to partner with you to provide a gift and create a one of a kind experience to support the entire Tippett family! Be a part of creating this experience and making a wish come true!
Let’s rally to help this family. We can lift some of the burden off this family through your generous donation today.
Or mail check to:Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation
PO Box 182
Indian Hills, CO 80454