Sad farewell to local boy who lost brain cancer battle
"COOPER gained his angel wings" were some of the words posted on Facebook by heartbroken Amanda Christensen, mother of six-year-old Cooper who passed away from a rare form of brain cancer on Saturday.
While battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma for almost two years, the Fraser Coast community has come to know and love Cooper through the Nikenbah family's involvement with the upcoming Dunga Derby, raising money for DIPG research through the Brainchild Foundation, and the "Cooper's Journey" Facebook page, set up and run by Cooper's parents.
On Saturday, July 25, Amanda posted the following message on their Facebook page:
"It is with the heaviest of hearts and the hardest thing I have ever had to post. Cooper gained his angel wings, in my arms with Daddy by his side at 1.45pm today. He fought so hard right to the end, and I am so so proud to be his mum.
"We will post funeral details when we have chosen a date. Thank you all for loving Cooper so much, and following his journey."
Thousands of people have left messages of love and support.