Central Texas boy inspires others during battle with cancer

When Kooper Hernandez fell while walking last summer the outcome was something his family could never have imagined. Doctors told his parents that they needed to take their five year old to Dell Children's Medical Center.

"Your world falls apart because you don't want your child to hurt," said Mindee Hernandez, Kooper's mom.

Tests would show that cancer was inside Kooper's femur. Right then and there doctors told the Hernandez family that Kooper's leg had to be amputated.

"It was painful and I got really sick," said Kooper.

The summer marked the beginning of many trips to the hospital. Kooper had to start chemotherapy. When he would visit his superheroes would come along too.

"He would take two backpacks up to the hospital full of superheroes and set them up and they would battle," said Hernandez.

Kooper would bring Batman, Superman and the list goes on. After his diagnosis he quickly picked up the nickname Super Kooper. Kooper grows stronger each day and recently finished chemotherapy.

"He doesn't understand it yet but he's shown so many people there's more to life and not to get down on yourself," said Hernandez about her son.

From his friends on the UT Baseball team to his family and the staff at Dell Children's Kooper has his own team of heroes.

"They protected me," said Kooper about what the superheroes did for him at the hospital.

While Super Kooper is winning his fight against the evil cancer his mom knows there are other brave heroes out there. "It's heart wrenching and traumatic. It's rewarding to know he beat it but my heart still breaks for these families. We've got to find a cure," said Kooper's mom.

Later this month the kindergartner gets his first prosthetic leg. He says he can't wait to run around on the playground with his friends.

Kooper is an honored kid for the St. Baldrick's event at Dell Children's on March 19th. For more information on how you can brave the shave to support funding for pediatric cancer research visit stbaldricks.org



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