Classmates, Friends Help Cancer Patient And His Family
May 15, 2018 12:24PM
● By Bill Gilman
Gavin Cooper and his family need your help
A GoFundMe page has been established, and a special Class Reunion and raffle have been scheduled. The following information was submitted regarding the fundraising efforts:
We are throwing a reunion to benefit a classmate who was recently told his cancer is terminal. It will be held at Playoffs Spirits Bar in Billerica on May 18 at 7 p.m.Tickets can be purchased using PayPal:They are $25/each and with every ticket purchased by May 15 they will get a 2nd entry in the door prize. The door prize is a pair of Red Sox tickets!
The Coopers could use our help. Please donate whatever you can so they can concentrate on getting well, instead of all the stresses of trying to support a family when one of you is not. Here are some words Melanie wrote which explain their situation:
Gavin was diagnosed with a glioblastoma at the age of 7. He had several surgeries which were able to remove part of the tumor. The surgeon was unable to remove it all as it would have impaired more of his brain functions. After surgery he underwent radiation and chemotherapy in the hopes to shrink it further. He has now miraculously been in remission for 25 years.
We have a wonderful and loving relationship and also three beautiful and amazing children; Caden, Quinn and Finn. Gavin is always involved in everything they do. Whether it is helping Caden train for boxing and martial arts or doing soccer drills with Quinn. He is compassionate and always there to help anyone in need, especially children. To know Gavin is to know he has a special selfless quality about him and he makes an impression on everyone he meets.
As of October 2017 Gavin was starting to experience seizures. After several MRI's he was diagnosed with a new growth on his original tumor. This growth does not resemble his original tumor and is aggressive. It has also affected his short term memory which will not recover. He went in for a biopsy on 1/26. We are currently awaiting the results and hopeful that he will be able to be responsive to some form of treatment. As a result of this Gavin has had to stop working. I have also taken a leave from my job in order to take care of his and my children's needs."