Let's Help Coop
Organized by: Jade Lazaris
I am starting a fundraiser for my friend Coop (short for Cooper, his last name). He's one of my favorite people in this world and really needs some help. He is trained as a CNA and works in long term care, and pretty much anywhere they ask him to work. He's highly trained, knows sign language, has a great personal relationship with his clients and is overall just a good human being. He would literally give you his last dollar. When he was in his early 20s, he had a medical complication that caused his pancreas to malfunction so he became diabetic. He has battled with this disease for a little over a decade now and I've watched it take it's toll on him. He also has a son shares custody for, pays his child support, and he's a huge part of his son's life. He struggles though more than most people I know. He has a hard time eating healthy foods and affording his insulin some months. He even had a month's supply stolen one day when someone took his backpack. That was a very hard month for him. He did eventually go to school which is when he went from basic care to his CNA training. He has realized in the last year though, that due to struggling with his diabetes that he cannot continue his training in the healthcare field. He doesn't feel like he's well enough to be the caregiver and he's learned that the healthcare field doesn't take a lot of pity when you have a bad glucose day. He was even fired from a job after being hospitalized in the ICU once. Coop has decided to switch his career goals and focus on culinary. He wants to be able to work for himself and since he lives in Portland, OR, he has considered opening a diabetic food cart so other diabetics can eat proper meals. He has taken two terms so far but both have been a struggle with his illness. He's not working enough to take care of himself and was even at the brink of homelessness. This has made my friend very depressed recently. Although he is strong on the outside, he hasn't been very happy for the last couple of years. I've been trying to convince him to live with me and go to school here (which would be much less expensive) but he would probably make less money and be about an hour away from his son. I really want to help him. I want him not to worry about rent, or food. I want to give him hope, support, and reprieve. The money will be for Needham bills, living expenses, etc. I would also like for him to be able to spend $600-700 on getting his teeth fixed. They have yellowed from being sick so often and he smiles less because of it. He's a good guy. He's in his early 30s, attractive, funny, and everyone loves him. I want him to be happy and believe again, instead of just waiting to die of complications due to his diabetes. His financial struggles, illnesses, and hardships have aged him immensely and I so much want to help him. I want to save his life. I want him to have hope again. So I hope that you will help me, help him. Thank you.