Fall is in the air! Get a pumpkin and help families coping with cancer

Weekend Extra

Have you bought your Halloween pumpkin yet? At Cooper Trooper Foundation’s Pumpkin Patch, at the corner of Mallory Lane and Cool Springs Boulevard, you can pick up a pumpkin and help families touched by cancer.

The Pumpkin Patch is the primary fundraiser for the foundation founded by Missy Cook and her family. 100% of the profit goes straight to the Cooper Trooper Foundation.

“We actually support a couple of great causes through the Cooper Trooper Foundation,” said Missy Cook. “One of those is a pediatric cancer research fund that we have now given $250,000 toward because of this Pumpkin Patch. And then we also do something for the “well” siblings because sometimes they can get a little lost in the shuffle. So we send a care package with some things specifically for them to remind them that they are not forgotten.”

The foundation grew out of Cooper’s own experiences with pediatric cancer. 

“My youngest son, Cooper was diagnosed at eight weeks old with a very rare form of cancer.  And we had two other boys at home at the time and realized that there really is not a lot of resources for those siblings,” Cook said. “Not a lot of things to make them feel special. And they are a part of it. So we started the whole foundation because we wanted to provide for other siblings that are going through that. Then along the way somewhere we realized that only about 4% of dollars actually go to childhood cancer research. So that’s when we started that fund to be able to support that.”

Pick up one of these ‘Pumpkins with a Purpose’ at the patch which is open daily until October 31. If you’d like more information on the Cooper Trooper Foundation or make a donation you can click here.

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