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The Strong Heart Train Trot is a no frills 2-Mile grassy trail race with the number one purpose to raise funds to assist a member of our community. The idea began in the summer of 2015 when the 1 year old daughter of a local runner underwent open-heart surgery. The event was geared to help offset the cost of the surgery. It was a great success, and the trail run shall continue each year assisting a different member of our community with needs associated with a young child having serious medical conditions.
The Cooper Life Fund's first challenge was to organize a fund-raising 5K and 1-Mile race. Both John and Ashley Fontenot believe in health & fitness and are avid runners and knew right away that dedicating a race to Cooper was on top of the “To-Do” list. In the fall of 2005, the dream became a reality.
The Super Cooper Heart Run would be the name of this race because of how super little Cooper was during his heartbreaking first month of life. All proceeds from the Super Cooper Heart Run will be donated to charitable heart & medical related foundations, such as Camp Bon Coeur, a summer camp for children with heart defects, and Terrebonne General Medical Center - NICU to aid the families who have newborns with serious medical conditions.
Since we formed Cooper Life Fund in August of 2005, we've organized many races in both Lafayette, LA and Houma, LA where we've raised an amazing amount of proceeds for both of those great communitites.
Running is a Family Affair
John pushes 4-year old Cooper in a jogging stroller as 6-year old Remy runs the 5K.