|On Monday, October 26, an evening of delicious Italian food and a great sense of community spirit is promised by Rick Mausser, owner of Campioni Italian Restaurant, as he and his staff host a benefit evening in honor of Cooper Knight and his "GOT GUTS" campaign. Participation is easy! Simply come to Campioni, have dinner, relax and enjoy yourselves. A percentage of the evening's proceeds will be given to COTA for Cooper Knight. Campioni is located in the Randalls Flagship Center at Champion Forest Drive and FM 1960 (5419 FM 1960 W). Reservations for parties of six or more can be made by calling 281-893-2267.|
In August of 2008 Cooper was diagnosed with Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction (CIPO), which has left him totally dependent on engineered foods called TPN and Lipids which he receives through a central line 22 hours a day. Cooper was evaluated by physicians at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Starzel Transplant Center in June 2009, and they determined that Cooper needs a Modified Multivisceral Transplant to save his life. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has placed Cooper at the top of the list for his size for a new Colon and Small Bowel. The cost of this surgery is estimated to be 1.25 million, and in ensuing years Cooper's anti-rejection medications will be $380,000.00 annually.
Faced with these astronomical medical costs, Cooper Knight's parents were put in touch with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) for assistance because they will need at least $100,000.00 for out-of-pocket transplant-related expenses during the first year. COTA is a national 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients. COTA's services are entirely free of charge and 100% of the funds generated by COTA community fundraising campaigns are available for transplant-related expenses.
As soon as Rick Mausser heard that Cooper's "GOT GUTS" campaign was up and running, he told us he wanted to help. Along with the wonderful food, for which Campioni is well known, there will be silent auction items, as well as "GOT GUTS" T-shirts and jewelry. Please join us on Monday, October 26, from 5:00-9:00 PM and help us assist this very brave and "gutsy" little boy and his family as they await his "Gut" transplant. Your participation will help Cooper receive his Miracle of a Second Chance At Life!
You can visit Cooper's COTA website at http://COTAforcooperk.com.
For more information concerning this event and other "GOT GUTS" activities contact Jennifer Naedler at 713-818-2607 / email@example.com or Susan Imle Bollfrass at 832-423-6128 / firstname.lastname@example.org.