Graham Rahal Foundation 2014 Helmet Design Contest Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our third annual Graham Rahal Foundation helmet design contest,

Daniel Cooper!

Daniel’s design will be hand-painted by Art Rotondo, onto Graham Rahal’s HP7 Bell helmet that will be worn in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, Aug. 24. Daniel will receive a full-size RS7 helmet replica featuring his design and signed by Rahal, that has been donated by Bell.

helmetFollowing the race, the race-worn HP7 Bell helmet will be auctioned on Rahal’s celebrity eBay page at http://givingworks.ebay.com/graham-rahal/, where 100% of the proceeds will be directed to Alex’sLemonade Stand Foundation.

Thank you to everyone who voted for our Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation artists and supported a great cause!

“It is a real honor to announce Daniel Cooper as the winner of our third annual Graham Rahal Foundation helmet design contest,” said Rahal.  “Daniel submitted a truly inspirational design that highlights the impact Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has made and continues to make for him.  Daniel’s personal ‘To-Do’ list has included beating cancer, growing hair, and living his dreams.  He is now working on living his dreams and I will be extremely proud to wear Daniel’s design when we race in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.  A big thanks to everyone who voted for our Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation artists and supported a charity near and dear to Daniel’s and our hearts at the Graham Rahal Foundation.”

 - Graham Rahal

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Daniel’s mom, Barb Cooper: “Daniel is so excited to have won the design contest! He is one lucky boy. Thank you to all who voted and supported Daniel and all who continue to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Daniel is now working on #3 of his helmet design’s ‘To Do list’!”

Daniel-Parkway-2014-Photo-1Daniel’s Story:
Daniel was diagnosed with stage III, intermediate risk, neuroblastoma on April 6, 2005 at 14 months of age. One day when he was 6-months-old, his right eye suddenly became somewhat closed. After receiving a diagnosis of Horner’s Syndrome, an MRI showed a “swollen lymph node” in his neck. Six months later, another MRI showed that it had gotten significantly larger, and a biopsy revealed that it was cancer.

To this day, Daniel has been a healthy, happy, adorable, loving little boy. He had no other symptoms. We were fortunate to have been given a sign to catch this early. Most cases go undetected until they reach a later stage.

Daniel has undergone numerous scans, needle sticks, biopsies and a surgery to place a port in his chest through which he received 4 rounds of chemotherapy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Daniel continues to have yearly checkups at CHOP’s Survivorship Clinic.  This year we are marking Daniel’s 9th year off treatment, no evidence of disease, milestone!

Daniel is currently going into 5th grade and is loving it!  He loves soccer, movies, books, Legos, video games, playing with his friends and older brother Jason (12 years old).  He has the best smile and the warmest hugs.  He is such a joy.  We are so blessed. Written by: Barb Cooper

 

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