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.
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.READ MORE: Police, Firefighters, Rescue Teams Continue Search For Diana Brown, Missing Flash Floods Ripped Through Poudre Canyon Woman Killed While Crossing Broadway, Search Continues For Hit-And-Run Suspect Driver
The DU student athletes are helping inspire Cooper to stay strong, especially with what’s coming up.
“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.MORE NEWS: Colorado Organizations Team Up To Combat Mental Health Crises In Emergency Room Patients Before They Happen