— Our Mission —
The Cooper Max Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides support to children and families affected by childhood cancer.
We are committed to helping children and their families fight, ready to provide financial assistance, Cooper Care Baskets, or support for the extracurricular activities at hospitals. We also provide financial assistance to families burdened with funeral expenses as a result of childhood cancer.
The Cooper Max Foundation is proud to support other organizations that provide critical funding for research and support. We won’t stop until there is a cure!
— Our Story —
Cooper Craig Max was a vibrant 3-year-old boy who loved music, trucks, and cowboyin’ when he was diagnosed with an Extra Renal Rhabdoid Tumor on February 20, 2015. The main tumor was in his left shoulder, and had spread to multiple small tumors in his lungs. Rhabdoid tumors occur in children, have a poor prognosis, and are highly aggressive.
The world stopped that day for the Max family. Chemotherapy was started immediately and they were told to settle in, completely overwhelmed and unprepared. After completing 14 rounds of 6 different chemotherapies and 37 radiation treatments, the cancer was too much for his little body to bear. On March 16, 2016, Cooper gained his angel wings.
— What We Support —
The Cooper Max Foundation was started by Cooper's parents Eric and Heather, and a dedicated group of friends and family, as a way to help other families in similar situations. According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, roughly 84% of families with a child with cancer will experience some level of financial hardship, and the Max family was no exception.
Our two main fundraisers are every spring and fall. These events help provide financial assistance to families, fund research projects and extracurricular activities at hospitals, as well as delivering tricycles and Cooper Care Baskets. We deliver 15-20 baskets monthly to newly diagnosed families at the request of Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.