By Jamie Leary

DENVER (CBS4)– Meet Cooper Tippett, not your typical sports fan. This little guy went behind the scenes to meet the University of Denver Pioneers hockey team.

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The 6-year-old suffers from Mucopolysaccharidosis type IVA, a very progressive terminal illness that affects the body’s skeleton. Cooper has doctor visits at least once a week for treatments that he will need for the rest of his life.

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CBS4 first met Cooper in November when he was surprised with a trip to Disney World.

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The DU student athletes are helping inspire Cooper to stay strong, especially with what’s coming up.

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“We’re going into a big summer where Cooper will have surgery on both knees, both hips, both ankles and he’s going to be in a cast from his nipples to his ankles for seven weeks,” said Christine Tippett, Cooper’s mother.

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LINK: MPS Society/Cooper Tippett

Jamie Leary