Cooper's Walk - hundreds of walkers release balloons on what would have been Cooper's eighth birthday.
Cooper's Walk - hundreds of walkers release balloons on what would have been Cooper's eighth birthday. Alistair Brightman

"I made Cooper a promise and I intend to stick to it.”

"MY ultimate goal for any family is for them to one day hear the words there is a cure for brain cancer."

These are words from the mother of a little boy who has touched so many hearts - Cooper Christensen.

The Hervey Bay boy, often called Captain Cooper due to his love of Captain America and fighting spirit, lost a battle with brain cancer last year. He was aged six at the time.

 

Cooper Christensen
Cooper Christensen

In his memory more than 250 people walked 5km in Hervey Bay to celebrate Cooper's life and together raised $27,671 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, while raising awareness of the disease.

Some even travelled from interstate to be at the recent walk.

"We hoped for 100 people to show up but to have over 250 people on the day...all the support was overwhelming," Cooper's mother Amanda said.

Amanda said when she heard the final figure raised, she was speechless.

 

Cooper's Walk - Amanda and Michael Christensen address the walkers before they set off.
Cooper's Walk - Amanda and Michael Christensen address the walkers before they set off. Alistair Brightman

The funds raised also put the Fraser Coast in second spot out of all the events across state which included the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Townsville.

Cooper's parents Michael and Amanda have a long way to get to their brain tumour awareness goals and they have one wish for other families.

"My wish is for families in the future to never have to hear the words we did - I'm sorry but there is no cure," Amanda said.

"I made Cooper a promise and I intend to stick to it," she said.

The Walk4BrainCancer event involved passing through Cooper's Walk itself, located on the Esplanade in Torquay.

The walk also celebrated what would have been Cooper's eighth birthday with a special cake.

"This is such a special place for our family, it was Cooper's favourite spot...Michael and I have special anniversaries here and on his birthday we got up early to take cupcakes and blow out the candles as we watched the sun come up " Amanda said.



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