John and Ashley Fontenot, the founders of the Cooper Life Fund along with their sons Cooper and Remy, presented a check in the amount of $15,000 to Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC), which will be used to provide medical and social care needs to the infants and families of infants admitted at TGMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The funds were raised from the 6th Annual Super Cooper 5K Run which was held at The Workout Company on March 24th in Houma.
“This year’s Super Cooper race is by far our best race to date, said John Fontenot, Cooper Life Fund Founder. “With more than 550 participants we had over 600 people on hand including volunteers and families of the racers. We hope to keep our race growing by continuously providing a fun-filled family event for the serious runners as well as for the casual runners and walkers. Along the way, we also hope to encourage everyone to get active and stay active,” Fontenot added. “Our goal is to encourage participation by creating a wonderful environment where everyone leaves with a smile. We accomplished that this year by including post-race festivities designed for the young and old alike, including food, drinks, bubble activities and a rock wall, which turned out to be our featured attraction,” said Fontenot. “We want to express our sincerest thanks to all who were a part of our race this year. Ashley, Remy, Cooper and I live in a wonderful community which we are honored to call home,” said Fontenot.
The TGMC Women’s Center NICU is the proud recipient of all proceeds from the race, which was started in 2005 in honor of Cooper Fontenot. To date a total of $82,000.00 has been graciously presented to the hospital’s NICU. John and Ashley Fontenot founded the organization after their son Cooper was born with a congenital heart defect in 2004, and underwent open heart surgery when he was only 9 days old. Their goal was to raise money to aid families of children born with serious medical issues.
“We are extremely grateful for the Fontenot’s efforts and continuous support of our patients and families in the TGMC NICU,” said Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO of TGMC. “The Fontenot’s generosity is outstanding. These funds will greatly benefit many families that have an unexpected stay in the NICU. We encourage our staff and our community to join us next year on March 23rd for the 7th Annual Super Cooper 5K Run and 1 Mile fun run,” Peoples continued.
These proceeds will provide medical and social care to the infants and families of infants admitted to the TGMC-NICU after being born with serious medical conditions. This fund allows families to focus on the wellness of their child without having to worry about how they might afford the immediate necessities of caring for a sick baby. The money provides families with a care package filled with necessities in caring for NICU infants, gas cards, phone cards, car seats, strollers, lodging vouchers and other items that these families have not prepared for while their baby is in intensive care.
“On behalf of Cooper Life Fund, Ashley and I are honored to present this check to the NICU fund we’ve created together with Terrebonne General Medical Center” said Fontenot. “We know how beneficial our cause is for the many families who experience the NICU unexpectedly following the birth of their newborn. Having experienced the NICU ourselves after Cooper was born, we realize just how important it is to know that there are others who have gone through the same situation with a positive outcome. Our objective is to provide not only material assistance, but also emotional support. Our motto at Cooper Life Fund is that all dark clouds do have silver linings,” Fontenot added.
The Super Cooper Run (5K and 1-Mile Fun Run) is a multi-regional event with the annual fall race in Lafayette, and an annual spring race in Houma.
For more information on the TGMC NICU and the Cooper Life Fund please visit www.tgmc.com and www.cooperlifefund.org.
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