Laughlin, Cooper: Earned his wings February 13, 2016

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Cooper Laughlin was born in Drumheller, Ab. arriving with a full head of dark curly hair, big blue eyes and the longest eye lashes ever on May 22, 2007.

Cooper reached every milestone in his first year of life.  Shortly after his first birthday and one-year immunization, Cooper began to lose these milestones. This started a journey for Cooper and his family that would take them to specialists at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, the Stollery Children’s in Edmonton and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

After exhausting all avenues, Cooper’s medical team gave no definitive diagnosis, having only been labeled with a Neurodegenerative Disease Uncharacterized.

Cooper was fortunate to have an excellent medical team that became not only his doctors but dear friends.

The Rotary Flames House provided Cooper and his family with an endless support system and an excellent level of care.

Cooper touched everyone who met him with his smiles, angelic demeanour and presence. Although gone to soon, those eight short years were filled with many cherished memories.

In 2010, Cooper was granted a wish from the Make a Wish Foundation and travelled to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida with his family.

This trip would be Cooper and his families first and last holiday out of the country.

Cooper was also blessed to be nominated and granted a wish from the Children’s Wish Foundation. This gift provided Cooper and his family with a holiday trailer to spend many happy days camping and partaking in family adventures.

In 2011-2013 Cooper attended Kindergarten and Grade 1 at Youngstown School.

Cooper was transported three times by STARS air ambulance to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.  Each time Cooper fought so valiantly.  He always returned home to devoted loving care, kisses and “snuddles” (snuggles and cuddles) from Mom, brother Levi, sisters Madison and Kiara.

As they say, “It takes a Community to raise a child” and Coop was so blessed to have so much love and support from near and far.

Cooper stayed strong for so long but his little body eventually grew tired. God saw this and wrapped his arms around him and took him home on Feb. 12, 2016.

A memorial service for Cooper was held on Sat., Feb. 20, 2016 at the Youngstown Community Hall, Youngstown, Ab. at 2 p.m. with Uncle Bruce Lynn officiating.

Cooper’s sisters, Madison and Kiara lead the family in pushing Cooper’s wheelchair, which was placed at the front of the hall.

Dr. Lyle McGonigle from the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton gave a loving tribute in honour of Cooper and memories were shared by brother Levi and sister Madison.

Cooper’s sisters, Madison and Kiara performed a dance in tribute to their brother.  The family also shared a video tribute during the service.

The recorded musical selection “Amazing Grace” was played during the service and Shelly Laughlin, Cooper’s mom, carried his urn at the end of the beautiful service.

A luncheon was held at the hall which was prepared by the communities.

As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Cooper, memorial contributions may be made to STARS, the Rotary Flames House, the Children’s Wish Foundation and Make A Wish Foundation.

Heather Caseley of Coronation Funeral Home P.O. Box 358 Coronation, Alberta TOC 1CO 403.578.2928 has been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.

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