Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC), award winning nationally recognized healthcare organization, is proud to continue to be a partner with the Cooper Life Fund to benefit our community. Over the last eight years, The Cooper Life Fund has donated over $112,000 to the TGMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) through the generous support of our community. This year the 9th Annual SuperCooper 5K and one mile fun run is scheduled for March 28, 2015 at Pinocchio’s Pizza Playhouse on Prevost Drive in Houma. The event is hosted by John and Ashley Fontenot of the Cooper Life Fund and raises money for families of newborn infants born with serious medical conditions and admitted to TGMC's Level III NICU.
TGMC is proud to partner with the Super Cooper race as it encourages the community to focus on their health and wellness. From walkers to runners, the Super Cooper fun run and 5K accommodates all ages and fitness levels. This year’s race features a new location and route and continues to be one of the most popular family centered races in the area.
All proceeds from the Super Cooper 5K are donated to The Foundation for TGMC to be used to provide medical and social care needs to the families of infants admitted to TGMC’s NICU with serious medical conditions. The fund 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. The Cooper Life Fund is dedicated to honoring families with babies in the TGMC NICU and is committed to helping to ease the stress of their stay.
“The Fontenot family has been an integral part of our NICU patients and their families,” said Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO of TGMC. She added, “Having a child admitted to the NICU can be an uncertain and stressful time and the contributions of the CooperLife Fund help to ease that burden tremendously. We are humbled by this partnership and dedication the Fontenot’s and the race participants have shown to TGMC and our entire community.”
John and Ashley Fontenot founded the Cooper Life Fund after their son, Cooper Fontenot, was born with a Congenital Heart Defect called Transposition of the Great Vessels. Cooper spent many weeks in the hospital and endured several hours of open-heart surgery when he was only nine days old. Cooper is alive and well today because of advanced medical care and extensive cardiovascular research.
TGMC is the only hospital in the region to provide aLevel III NICU to care for the youngest and smallest patients. The NICU is staffed by a full time neonatologist, and can treat premature infants born at a weight of less than three pounds and younger than 32 weeks. TGMC is committed to providing this high level of specialized care to keep mothers near their babies while undergoing treatment.
"It's overwhelming to think that we've been helping families for eight years now. We feel so very blessed that we have been able to create this gift and continue to follow through with it each and every year. Touching just one life makes it worth it all,” said theFontenot family. They added, "Cooper Life Fund keeps our family motivated to help people in every aspect of life. We know that we have been very blessed in every way and that it's only right to keep giving back.”
For more information on the Cooper Life Fund and The Foundation for TGMC please visit www.tgmc.com and www.cooperlifefund.org. Super Cooper 5K information and sponsorship opportunities can be found by visiting the CooperLife Fund website.
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