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In Loving Memory, Sheldon A. Cooper

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Raised by 88 people in 20 months
This is a terribly distressing matter. Due to process timing, we barely have 4 days to meet our goal.

Sheldon Ashleigh Cooper (Squeeker) is my son, the apple of my eye.  He was born and raised in Colorado and moved to Georgia and began developing a new life for his family.  That is why  writing this about him is so heart-breaking and unreal.

Sadly, 6 weeks into Georgia, his life ended suddenly, untimely at just 34. Not only was he a protective supportive son, he was a loving, caring fiancee, a warm fuzzy father, a helpful creative grandson, a great brother, an incredible brother-in-law, a witty, comical cousin and a fun uncle. He was driven and determined, a candle light that never waned. He was loved by everyone from family to work to those practicing Brazilian Jiu jitsu. But because of his sudden passing, our family was taken completely by surprise and we are not financially prepared for the expense.

Again, due to process timing, we barely have 4 days to meet our goal! A goal that allows us to say our final good-byes and honor his passing.

If you can help us with any donation toward Squeeker’s funeral arrangements, no matter how small, we would greatly appreciate you! Please feel free to share this to all.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your donation.   May God richly bless you and your loved ones, Resa

I was asked how Sheldon passed.  Please see 'Previous Update'.
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YOU ARE INVITED!!

Today, March 1st is Squeeker’s birthday! Please celebrate these points with us...

1. He would be 36 so we are going to release 6 balloons.
2. He was posthumously awarded the black belt in Jiu-Jitsu at Easton Gym (he always told me he was a ninja!). Because of this, 3 balloons will be black. His ghee below is white so the other 3 balloons will be white.
3. He entered this world at 5:21am on March 1st, so any time after 5:21am we are going to eat at the first restaurant we all dinned at when he arrived in Georgia. BoJangles. Please eat at any restaurant that you dinned at with him or dine somewhere new with him in mind AFTER (lol) 5:21am today.
3. Because of his strength and love, we all have the courage to celebrate together.
4. Because of his generosity we will buy someone’s meal tonight at Bojangles in his honor. You do the same!

The balloons will be released tonight into the evening sky.

Again, please join us today if you can. If time doesn’t allow, just send a few good memories his way! Let’s celebrate Juz, Sheldon A. Cooper, and ease his loss together!

So much love,
Resa, Amoma, Frankee, Nay-Nay and D
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Dear friends and loved ones,

This is to all who see Sheldon (Squeeker) as a family member, a close friend and as my son. First, please know that the family is still feverishly working on justice for Squeeker. Second, I received a letter from LifeLink.org, the organization where Squeeker so selflessly made his donation. I would like to share that letter with you now.
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Subject:Update on Sheldon's donation

Dear Ms. Cooper-Morning,

I hope this letter finds you well. I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family for the loss of your son, Sheldon. I would like to share with you a little information about the recipients who were able to receive your loved one’s generous gift.

Both of Sheldon’s corneas were recovered for transplantation - one was received by a 34 year old female and the other cornea was received by a 73 year old male. Both report doing well at this time and are living a much-improved quality of life thanks to this generous gift.

The bone tissue donated by Sheldon has been used to create 57 bone grafts. These grafts will benefit individuals who suffer from a variety of orthopedic problems, including injuries resulting from trauma, defects caused by tumors, and various other orthopedic deformities. To date, 21 grafts have been placed for surgical use and we have information on 4 of those individuals. These recipients, including a 32 year old male and a 45 year old male, received grafts to aid in knee, foot and leg reconstruction surgery. The remaining individuals received grafts to aid in other orthopedic surgeries. Because placement and receiving information on the recipients can take some time, I encourage you to inquire at a later day for a more comprehensive listing of how his gift has helped others.

Both of Sheldon’s saphenous veins were recovered to be used in vascular surgeries to aid in better circulation when the patient’s own veins cannot be used. Both have been used for vein peripheral bypass surgery to improved blood flow to the legs of a 65 year old male in Virginia and a 65 year old male in Florida.

Sheldon’s gift of skin grafts may be used to aid in the treatment for patients whose own skin cannot be used. Physicians use skin grafts for patients who have suffered severe burns, slow healing wounds, and reconstructive breast surgeries, like mastectomies that may follow a cancer diagnosis. Skin grafts help shorten an otherwise lengthy healing process, enhancing lives and, in many cases, saving them.

On behalf of these many fortunate recipients and the transplant teams, I would like to thank you for thinking of others by offering the gift of donation. I hope that your loved one’s legacy of life will continue to bring you comfort in the months and years to come.

Warmest regards,

Family Services Specialist
LifeLink of Georgia
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Thank you so much for caring enough to read this letter.
love, Resa
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Our family wishes to convey our sincerest appreciation to EVERYONE for your prayers, your generous support and kindness.

Thank you to those of that were able to take the time to attend and celebrate Sheldon’s life with us on such a wonderfully snowy day! We thank you for the hugs, the stories, the memories and the tokens of love and support that you shared and warmly handed to the family. It meant a lot to hear and know how Squeeker touched so many lives, leaving an inspiring chain reaction.

We will always remember your kindness and expressions of sympathy at our tremendous loss. We know you are grieving with us too.

My son was truly blessed to have the support of friends like you and again, we are thankful to EVERYONE for all you’ve done.

I would like to leave you with these words from the program of my great Aunt Una’s passing in the late 80's:

Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent a floral piece, if so, we saw it there. Perhaps you sang a cheerful song, if so we heard it all. Perhaps you prayed a sincere prayer, or came to pay a call. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words, as any friend could say. Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us that day. Perhaps you prepared a tasty dish, or maybe furnished a car. Perhaps you rendered a service unseen, near at hand or from afar. Whatever you did to console our hearts, by word or deed or touch; Whatever was the kindly part, we thank you....oh so much!

- The Family of Sheldon “Squeeker” A. Cooper

May God continue to bless and hold each one of you close,
love, Resa
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Sheldon's Memorial Service will be in Denver this weekend
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