How the Foundation was formed...
After learning a significant amount of Cooper's treatment would take place as an in-patient at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, it was important to us, he was never alone. The chair at his bedside would always be occupied by a family member.
Time spent in that chair provided us with the ability to contemplate so much. In the early days it was naturally filled with long periods of angst, not knowing what to expect, or indeed how Cooper would react to his treatment. Fear of the unknown became very real.
We were blessed to have truly wonderful support from family and friends, however we learned very quickly, as much as we wanted this process to be over as swiftly as it began, the fact would remain, it became a daily case of placing one foot in front of the other.
These words with deep personal meaning, became our mantra.
Meanwhile, the outpouring of love, support and generosity toward Cooper continued, and it was clear, out of this very difficult challenge, we had an opportunity like never before, to make a difference.
The opportunity also existed to tangibly thank the outstanding medical team at Lifehouse, who had been with Cooper every step of the way. This meant finding the means to fund critical research, technology, and infrastructure, which would make a difference to those young patients living with sarcoma.
From that moment, the idea grew. The hospital chair became an office, and the long nights with little sleep, produced many ideas to put into practice the following day.
With Cooper's direction every step of the way, The Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation, Funding a Cure For Sarcoma, finally became a reality.