ALSF Fund: Closer to the Cure Fund

Cooper Ripley Martin

A Medulloblastoma Research Fund

On December 9, 2016, when Cooper was six years old, he was diagnosed with a malignant, fast growing brain tumor called a Medulloblastoma.  His diagnosis came after two weeks of intermittent unexplained nausea and one reference to blurred vision.  We were lucky.  We owe quick identification of his tumor to a combination of informed parental instinct, an astute ophthalmologist friend, and the clinical team at Boston Children’s and ultimately Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  

Over 14 months of treatment, Cooper and our family have experienced sweeping emotions, the warmth of both our closest friends and those we have never met, and an incredible fabric of clinical, rehabilitation, and social experts across a wide range of disciplines.  

Over those 14 months, Cooper underwent a 12-hour surgery to fully remove his tumor, 30 rounds of proton-beam therapy (most of which were sedated), three-months straight at Children’s and Spaulding recovering from the surgery and Posterior Fossa Syndrome (which left him mute and mosty paralyzed for two months), several day-surgeries to place a port & feeding tube, over a dozen subsequent hospitalizations for nine cycles of chemo with subsequent transfusions or infections, and weeks on end out of school. 

Cooper’s treatment finished in February, 2018, and we are thrilled at how well he has made it through his treatment.  He is back to running around like a seven-year-old, joking with his sister, and as inquisitive as ever.  Cooper (and his wonderful sister Grace, and mom & dad) will now begin to try to claw back to some kind of normalcy while undergoing periodic scans and proactively managing possible late effects.  

Medulloblastoma is the most common type of childhood brain cancers.  It is fast growing, but if caught in time, with aggressive treatment can be treated.  We are using this fund to channel our efforts to give back and advance the community we have benefitted from over this incredibly difficult time. Cooper’s complex treatment protocols are representative of the areas the Closer to the Cure Fund will focus on for fundraising;  Early Identification, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy Planning & Treatment, Precision diagnosis, Hematology & Oncology Therapy Protocols, Rehabilition and Nutrition, Family Mentoring and Support and Integrative Oncology.  

We are enormously thankful to our friends & family who have come together to support us through these complex and trying times.  We thank you all for your desire to help us to combat this terrible disease and the impact it has on families and communities.

Amount Raised from Fundraising Pages:


Fundraisers with recent donations

Fundraising Page NameCampaignLocationAmount
Olathe Northwest Lemonade Stand 2023Stands and EventsOlathe, KS$330
Penn Color Lemonade StandStands and EventsHatifield, PA$6,799
Landon LeadersThe Million Mile 2022Dallas, TX$506
Kendra Scott x Alex's Lemonade September Stands and EventsEl Segundo, CA$1,152
Tailgate for CancerStands and EventsLima, OH$159
Audrey's RideThe Million Mile 2022Saint Charles, MO$220
Children of Tomorrow Lemonade DaysWaconia, Carver, Chan., NYA, MN$1,965
Seckman High SchoolThe Million Mile 2022Imperial, MO$2,770
POBMS fights Childhood CancerStands and EventsPlainview, NY$365
Emilee Mosso, Your Carolina Closer 2022The Million Mile 2022inman , SC$1,675
Riding for Geoff 2022The Million Mile 2022Mechanicsville, VA$182
Mikey’s MilesThe Million Mile 2022Mullica Hill, NJ$15
Alyssa FaillaThe Million Mile 2022San Francisco , CA$57
Brooklyns BattleThe Million Mile 2022Ulster, PA$57
Courtney's Awesome TeamThe Million Mile 2022Hephzibah , GA$57
Dannie's Warriors The Million Mile 2022Hebron, MD$57
FTK 2022The Million Mile 2022Parkston, SD$57
IAWThe Million Mile 2022Acworth, GA$57
IBAThe Million Mile 2022Newport, MI$57
Jason MackThe Million Mile 2022Monona, WI$57
Kaylan Perkins 2022The Million Mile 2022Harrodsburg, KY$57
Gagnier's Lemonade Stand Stands and EventsPhiladelphia, PA$712
ELT LEMONADE STANDStands and EventsMaple Shade, NJ$976
Amelia's Lemonade StandStands and EventsVoorhees, NJ$1,190
CLH Woodlands Lemonade StandStands and EventsThe Woodlands, TX$111
Mallory’s McKinley Mixed Lemonade StandStands and EventsMilwaukee, WI$505
W. Goshen Lions Alexs Lemonade StandLemonade DaysWest Chester, PA$733
23 North’s Lemonade StandLemonade DaysWayne, NJ$157
3rd Grade Lemonade StandStands and EventsNorth East, PA$212
"712's LEMONADE STAND"Lemonade DaysNew York, NY$230
The Amazing Lemonade GirlLemonade DaysPittsburgh, PA$1,674
Eva Isabel’s Lemonade Stand! Lemonade DaysDurham, NC$370
DIRECTV's LEMONADE FOR A CURE- Greater HuntingtonLemonade DaysHuntington, WV$689
Lemontainment Event "4 Yo MAMA"Stands and EventsHollywood, CA$10
Connor’s Lemonade StandStands and EventsGranville, NY$260
Global United kidsLemonade DaysLester Prairie , MN$20
Little HelpersLemonade DaysBensalem, PA$20
Silas and Sydney’s Birthday Celebration! Virtual FundraisersTimonium, MD$75
The Oaks Children's Academy, WALemonade DaysCharleston, SC$555
MilEnd Childhood Cancer Walk / RunPhiladelphia, PA$100
Adelyn's Lemonade StandStands and EventsCheswick, PA$2,075
Chico’s Loves Lemonade Stands and EventsMount Laurel, NJ$320
Maddy’s Miles for a CureThe Million Mile 2021Ramona, CA$628
Ann Gamble's TeamThe Million Mile 2021Wynnewood, PA$275
Kayelee Ryan The Million Mile 2021Houston, TX$310
Alex’s 5K End Childhood Cancer Walk / RunPhiladelphia, PA$25
Matthew Amador 2021The Million Mile 2021Miramar, FL$353
Kendra Scott Giveback EventStands and EventsSouthlake, TX$20
Team CalebThe Million Mile 2021Jacksonville, FL$68
Nina I. Becka Memorial TeamThe Million Mile 2021Bear, DE$75

Total: $107,605.93

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