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Chris Cooke's College tuition

$5,556 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 8 months
Created August 11, 2018
Christopher Cooke resides with his mother and grandmother in Wilmington Delaware. Chris is a graduate of Cab Calloway School of the Arts, majoring in vocal music. He is also an Eagle Scout and a performer in Delaware All State Theater. This fall, he is going to be a sophomore majoring in theater at Arcadia University.

  Chris’ summer was going normally, until his mother, Julie Cooke, was taken to the emergency room with severe neck pain. It turned out that the cause of the pain was three metastasized tumors from a previously treated breast cancer. Unfortunately, the tumors also had spread down to the spine. After more than a month at the hospital, Julie is still undergoing radiation treatment and hormone therapy. Chris’ ninety year old Alzheimer stricken grandmother Grace remains at home. In the absence of Julie, Chris is the only caregiver for his grandmother, balancing between jobs, home and the hospital.

  The purpose of this campaign is to allow Chris to continue his higher education at Arcadia university without requiring him to go into additional debt. Chris is presently doing his best to support himself and his family, working two jobs off campus on weekends: as a DJ and an entertainer for children’s parties. On weekdays on campus, Chris works at the IT department and as a tour guide. This needs to be balanced with his classes, theater performances and hosting his university radio show. The university financial aid package is not sufficient to cover tuition, room and board entirely. Not to mention personal expenses. Chris is seeking funding for his university bill, both last year’s overdue payments, which need to be made as soon as possible and this year’s upcoming payments.

  Chris has already taken out federal loans to the maximum allowed limits. His mother tried to cosign with him on federal plus loans, but she was not approved and that’s where the problems begin. Chris talked to his extended family, but was unable to find a cosigner for a loan. He has gone to federal credit unions, both in person and online. No one will give him a loan without a cosigner. His boss stepped in to act as a cosigner, but the loan was also rejected. This is why we are establishing this campaign as a last resort to find money for Chris’ education.

  In order to kickstart this campaign and support Chris, my family will be donating $1000 to the cause. We hope everybody will show solidarity with Chris and contribute to help him remain in college.
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Hey everyone, so this campaign has been absolutely amazing, and I wish I could keep going but unfortunately I think it’s coming to a close. Thank you so much for all of the community support. It means the world that so many people care. Please continue to share to donate to help, but thank you all for this wonderful support.
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Good Morning everyone! So we have still been getting donations for the last few days, but we have slowed down a little. If you know of any people or places to share my story with to get more donations, that would be amazing. Once again, thank you to all that have supported in both donating and sharing, your support truly means the world to me. Keep on Sharing!!
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Hey everyone! So we are just shy of $5,000 and it has been amazing with all the support, but we are not done yet. To all that have donated, thank you so much for your support, it means a lot to have you. To all: Please keep sharing! The more sharing the more support I can receive to make my goal. Thank you all and keep sharing!
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Hey Everyone! After the last few days we have raised over $4,000! It has been amazing support from the community and I am humbled by everyone who had been helping and contributing. Although this is an amazing goal, we still have a long way to go. Sharing with others is the best way to continue keeping this fund alive and for all those that can, please continue to share! I understand many cannot afford to donate but sharing is still a great help. Once again thank you so much to those who have donated, it has been crazy. Thank you so much once again to all of you!
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$5,556 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 8 months
Created August 11, 2018
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