Godsend: Woolgoolga Lions and volunteers built a new ramp for Tracey and Cameron Cooper.
Godsend: Woolgoolga Lions and volunteers built a new ramp for Tracey and Cameron Cooper.

Lions help Cooper family

WHEN Tracey Cooper said the Woolgoolga Lions had saved her son’s life, she meant it literally.

True battlers with big hearts and a positive outlook, Tracey and her husband, Keith, recently moved to Lorikeet Park with their 22-year-old disabled son, Cameron.

All they needed was access and amenities to meet their son’s needs.

Enter the Woolgoolga Lions Club which invested 400 volunteer hours into a $5000 project to create a wheelchair access ramp and a disabled bathroom.

The renovations have been lifechanging for the Coopers who have endured enormous challenges.

Cameron was born with spina bifida and lost an eye after a bungled operation as a toddler.

Then Mr Cooper had a heart transplant and recently another mistake during bladder surgery led to bowel complications which left him hospitalised for a year and battling malnutrition because his body could no longer absorb nutrients.

The move to Lorikeet Park has been good for Cameron although he had to leave his twin younger brothers behind in Maclean as they finish their apprenticeships. The intervention of the Lions club has been a godsend.

“We wouldn’t be able to live here without the renovations,” Mrs Cooper said.

“My back was shot and we would have had to move back to Maclean but I didn’t want to do that for Cameron, he just loves it here.

“We have had so many trials and tribulations in our lives but it has made us the people we are.”



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