Eight-year-old Cooper Randall was diagnosed with Congenital Posterior Urethral Valves when he was still in his mum's womb, resulting in chronic kidney disease, recurring infections and now a kidney transplant.
While Cooper’s dad was found to be a match and will be donating his kidney, the family still needs to raise funds for the operation and ongoing medical costs.
Enter Panthers wheelchair rugby league captain and Penrith Men of League welfare officer, Nathan Pentecost.
On June 9 and 10, Pentecost will be conducting his annual fundraiser, pushing his wheelchair for 100km around Sydney International Regatta Centre to raise money for Cooper’s operation, medication and other costs.
It will be the fifth year Pentecost has conducted his fundraiser, last year raising money go towards the purchase of modified wheelchairs to help promote wheelchair rugby league in the Penrith area.
The challenge is a test of fitness and stamina, and the only thing that would keep Pentecost off the track is lightning “because that’s dangerous”. Cooper, too, has been described as resilient, not letting his medical condition get him down.
“He is a very happy go lucky kid with a one of a kind sense of humour,” his gofundme page states. “Everyone that meets this kid loves him. Cooper’s attitude is positive and fun loving.”
To donate to the cause, visit https://www.gofundme.com/28yrut4b.