Monday, November 07, 2005

Diffuse Pontine Glioma - Cooper Bell

Diffuse Pontine Gliomas are tumors located in the brainstem. They are usually difficult, if not impossible, to treat because the cells grow intermingled with normal cells. Those diagnosed with the disease are usually between 5 and 10 years of age.

A handsome young kindergartner from our church has been diagnosed with Diffuse Pontine Glioma. Cooper Bell experienced his first symptoms barely a month ago, and now he is in treatment.

CaringBridge has set up a website for friends and concerned strangers to keep up with Cooper's progress and learn about his disease. For more information or to leave a message of encouragement for this family, go to then visit "cooperbell". To participate or contribute to a golf tournament being planned to help with his medical expenses, go to our church website, , and follow the links. (update wee hours of Tuesday: I don't know why but the info is no longer on the church website. Perhaps a phone call or an email request for information would be the best approach.)

All of us can relate to the agony of parents seeing their six year old seriously ill. Please pray for Cooper, his little brother Parker, and their parents.

1 comment:

Carol said...

I had never heard of that illness. I visited Cooper's website. I tried to find the golf tournament information at the church website but didn't see it.