SES kindergarten student named ambassador

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cooper Sasser has a lot to celebrate.


September marks a year since he finished more than two years of treatment for leukemia.

He’s been named an ambassador for the Nemour Children’s Clinic in Pensacola.

And he started kindergarten a few weeks ago.

But his family wants to help fight childhood cancer, so other children won’t have to experience what Cooper went through.

Cooper was diagnosed at 19 months old with leukemia.

The family is selling T-shirts for $15 each, gold shoelaces for $1 each and face tattoos to bring awareness for childhood cancer during September, which is Childhood Cancer Month, mom Christy said.

“We want more people to be aware of childhood cancer,” she said. “We want them to use reputable organizations that actually fund research.”

Christy said the Sassers have met all kinds of people through their journey, and the clinic officials nominated Cooper to represent Nemours.

“He went and we did an interview and told our story,” she said. “They took pictures and will use him on the Nemours advertisements.”

Christy said that a few months ago, they were praying for a church member who had cancer and Cooper, who is 5, said to her, “Mom, I had cancer and I didn’t die.”

She said it was the first time she knew he understood what he had gone through.

Approximately a quarter of the 15,780 children under the age of 21 diagnosed with cancer every year will not survive, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

“It’s a horrible thing to see these kids go through this,” she said. “It has been over 20 years since a drug has been created for pediatric oncology. It breaks my heart.”

Christy said the family is excited about normalcy.

“Cooper recently lost his first tooth,” she said. “It was nice to say, ‘Yay!’ Instead of being concerned about blood levels.”

Money raised from the sales will go to the Go For the Gold childhood cancer awareness campaign.

All items are available at Andalusia Cash and Carry.