We were all very excited when Eric and Danielle made the announcement that they were expecting a baby boy! Not only that, but they already had a name picked out: Cooper!
Then the fun began, as I'm sure some of you can relate, as the next several months were filled with all those things first-time parents do: building a nursery, shopping for baby stuff, seeing those first ultrasound pictures, imagining their new lives together with Cooper. Danielle's pregnancy was going pretty smoothly and, according to the Doctor, everything looked normal.
Then on January 20th, 2015, little Cooper was born! If you're a parent then you know there aren't really any words to express the kind of joy and excitement you feel when seeing your child for the first time, holding them and watching them take their first breaths. However, for Danielle and Eric, this moment was interrupted as doctors immediately recognized something was wrong with Cooper and he was rushed off for tests. And the results were worse than Danielle and Eric could even imagine. Cooper was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML. AML is a common form of leukemia in adults, however, in newborns it's estimated to occur only 5 times for every million births. To make matters worse, the Leukemia caused additional problems: bleeding in the brain, unusual blood cell counts, an enlarged liver and extensive bruising.
Cooper and his family are facing a tough road ahead which will include 6 months of chemotherapy, potential bone marrow transplants, ICU hospitalization and other trial treatments. Cooper will be hospitalized for the entirety of this.
Danielle and Eric are staying strong and maintaining a positive outlook, but it has to be unbelievably tough. We aren't sure what all this will cost, or if existing insurance will cover all, part or none of the final bill, but as that information is made known we promise to be open and honest about it. But for now, the last thing we want on Danielle's and Eric's mind is the financial burden. Their attention needs to be focused on being with Cooper for the next several months, every step of the way.
To help with spreading the word, showing our support and raising money, we've designed some shirts. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to help Danielle, Eric and little Cooper with medical service and device costs, along with, assisting them through this turbulent time by helping them pay for time off work and living expenses. Every purchase counts! Thank you everyone for all your love and support!