This is Cooper Van Der Molen.
He was born 4 years ago on October 1st but was not born a well child - soon after birth, Coopers legs were plastered due to a deformity in his feet and legs. He was having seizures, skin problems and they soon discovered that Cooper had no sweat glands - basically, he’s allergic to the sun and to heat.
Not only that, but Coopers problems continue to grow. Although he is 4 years old, he still has the skills of a toddler. He can’t walk or speak, but can use some sign language to tell us what he wants and is slowly learning to use a speech machine which he uses to tell us he wants vegemite toast - his favorite food. Cooper is fed primarily through a tube inserted into his stomach which has a plug above his belly button. With this stomach plug he is also given pain killers.
The biggest issue now is that they can’t pin point exactly what sort of problems he has - sub classifications that require genetic testing to pin point.
Cooper loves it when he sees his babysitter & friend in cosplay, and his favorite characters in the world would be Spiderman, Mickey Mouse and the smurfs. Previously, a melbourne cosplaying/fandom type group ‘The Cuties of Melbourne’ assisted in raising funds for him to help purchase a mobility bike. We raised $60 between our little group out of the $1600 needed.
We’re looking for donations or fundraising ideas to dramatically help this family in many ways. They could buy him new equipment to aid his learning, help pay for some of the family bills (having a baby like Cooper is expensive and tough on his family) and maybe even find some way to get him private genetic testing so they can pinpoint his exact illnesses and get him the help he needs.
Tumblr, you managed to get someone a fluffy chicken.
How about helping a child out?
You can find a full list of his problems on those pages, too.
(The original poster of the donation page worded things so well that this is basically a copying of that, with a few minor edits because I’m not her.)