The 1st Annual Cooper’s Carnival: Christianson Syndrome Awareness Day was held on August 15, 2015 at the Harrogate City Park in Harrogate, TN. The event was hosted by Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine student clubs in honor of Cooper Jackson, the only child diagnosed with Christianson Syndrome in the tri-state area. The purpose of the event was not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness about CS.
The day was a huge success with dozens of friends, family, and children from the community in attendance. Over $4,000 was raised with 100% of the proceeds going to CSA.
The Jackson Family would like to thank all of the students from LMU-DCOM, led by Blair Combs along with the Pediatrics and PASSAGE student clubs, for all of their hard work and dedication that made Cooper’s Carnival an amazing event. Their incredible effort far surpassed all expectations. A big thank you to the Cumberland Gap Fire Department for coming out to show their support and Heavy’s BBQ for donating a portion of their earnings from the day.
Lastly, the Jacksons would like to express their gratitude to founder and president of CSA, Debbie Nash, for traveling to East Tennessee to attend Cooper’s Carnival and address all those who were in attendance, including all of our wonderful volunteers who will carry the knowledge of Christianson Syndrome into their own medical practices someday.