A fundraiser is being held for “Super Cooper” Leeman on Sunday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Roland-Story Middle School in Roland.
The menu includes pork loin sandwiches, beans, chips and a drink; hot dogs will be available for kids. Free-will donations will be accepted, and all the money raised will go to the Leeman family: parents Brandon and Laurel, Cooper and his big brother Zayne.
Four-year-old Cooper Leeman, who is widely known in the community as Super Cooper, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy when he was 14 months old. “The illness came out of nowhere,” said his mom Laurel at a school event in 2016.
Sunday’s event is hosted by the Roland Fire Department and Roland Response Team. Laurel Leeman is an EMT for the Roland Response Team.
Upon learning about Cooper’s medical condition, local members of the community gave him the moniker Super Cooper. There have been fundraisers, such as one middle schoolers conducted to purchase a handicap-accessible swing for the playground in 2016. There have been prayer chains. And now there is Sunday’s meal.
Laurel and Brandon Leeman are both graduates of Roland-Story and said the support of the community has been an enormous help as they’ve dealt with Cooper’s medical crisis.
“People who don’t even know us, know who Super Cooper is and they stop us on the street and talk to us,” Laurel said.
She said living in a small community at a time like this has made a huge difference for her family.
“We have to look for the good in bad situations,” Laurel said. “That’s the only way to get through.”
In order to prepare food for enough people, organizers ask you to RSVP to Sunday’s meal on their Facebook event at www.facebook.fireandfirstrespondersroland.