The Cooper Life Fund has donated $13,000 to Terrebonne General Medical Center – proceeds from the Super Cooper 5K Race, which took place on March 23.
The Cooper Life Fund was founded by John and Ashley Fontenot 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 9 days old.
But today, he's alive, well and active because of the advanced medical care and extensive cardiovascular research that's been done in the medical field.
But the Fontenot's have always wanted to give back.
They created the 5K race 13 years ago and they annually give proceeds to The Foundation for TGMC to be used to provide medical and social care needs to the families of infants admitted to TGMC's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with serious medical conditions.
The family said they wanted to show love and support to locals who are in the same position they were in when Cooper was young.
Since the race's inception, the Cooper Life Fund has donated $169,000 back to TGMC, and the hospital says the funds have benefitted hundreds of local patients in need.