2-year-old named LLS ‘hero’

Published 6:17 am Tuesday, May 29, 2012

People of Covington County already know that Cooper Sasser – the 2-year-old Andalusia boy battling (and at present, winning against) acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a hero, but now so will the nation. Cooper was chosen as an honored hero for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Sasser is the son of Christy and Justin Sasser of Andalusia.

Mrs. Sasser said the society selects people who provide inspiration and support for the society’s fundraising programs.

“An honored hero is anyone who is being treated for, or is a survivor of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease or myeloma – all cancers of the blood,” Sasser said. “As an Honored Hero, Cooper and our family is asked to share our story with the people who are currently raising funds to support LLS’s mission – which is to find a cure for these diseases.”

Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of Cooper’s diagnosis. The family was on a camping trip when they noticed that Cooper’s legs weren’t working properly. A trip to the doctor confirmed the family’s worst fear – cancer.

Since then the family has been fighting – fighting to overcome the disease, fighting to get the word out about leukemia and now, fighting to raise money to help end diseases of this type.

As part of the Honored Hero program, the Sassers have organized their first fundraiser – a June 16 talent show and karaoke contest.

“We think this is a fun and interesting way to raise money,” Sasser said of the upcoming show.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. at the Kiwanis Center. There will be competition in four age divisions – 4-8, 9-12, 13-15 and 16 and up, with prizes awarded for first, second and third places in each division. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

“We’ll have entertainment by Christian Wosselik, a jump house for the kids, concessions and food plates as well,” she said. “We hope people come and help contribute to this wonderful cause.”

To organize the event, the Sassers and an assortment of family and friends have formed a group called “Cooper’s Crew.” They are also offering booths for rent.

“We’re working very hard to make sure there is something for everyone that day,” Sasser said. “Cost to rent a booth is $30, and you can bring anything from arts and crafts to yard sale items.”

Talent show entry forms or booth spaces are available by contacting Tabitha Linzy at 334-892-4815 or Amanda Johnson at 334-343-6574.