Operation: D.C. or BUST!

$7,340 of $6,942 goal

Raised by 89 people in 8 months
Hi! ... I'm Cooper. I'm 14 years old and 34 inches tall (yep, you read that right ... 34 INCHES).
I'm a Little Person ... a person with Dwarfism ... I'm of short stature ... I'm Mini Cooper.

My sister and I are both in the 8th grade in Littleton, Colorado (she's the giant :) ... and we are raising money to go on our class trip to Washington D.C. AND New York.

Not only are we needing to raise enough funds for the two of us ... but my mom also needs to go, she does my daily nursing care. I also have some obvious travel challenges being mini: carrying my luggage, reaching the sink and shower at the hotel (and the potties everywhere else), needing to use elevators and navigating streets and curbs.

To top it off, I can't even take my electric wheelchair because the tour bus isn't ADA, so Mom will need to push me in my manual chair. Mr. Weber says we'll walk over 11 miles each day. Well, some of us will ... ;)

It's not right to expect anyone else to care for me. I really need my Mom to go.

Below is our trip flyer. Look on the right side! It's jam-packed with so many tours and sites. It's going to be AH-MAZ-ING! Christiana and I are super excited to have our minds exploded by our Nation's history. It's one thing to read about it at school; it's another to experience it. We want the experience. :)

But, we're running out of time. Mom says we need to be fully funded by the registration date so we can be certain that we can pay for it.  Our school extended the deadline to December 1st. We're SO close!

The trip is ALL INCLUSIVE ... they even provide us a tour guide and private night-time hotel security.
The cost is $2,095 + $219 (travel insurance with medical) PER person ... for a total of $6,942.

I know!!!! That's an insanely-crazy amount of money.  Mom said if Christiana and I REALLY want to go, then we would have to fund-raise ... so we started "selling" my book at church (more on my book, later).  Actually ... we weren't "selling" my book, but giving it away FREE with donation. We came home after service that first Sunday with over $600 in donations!! That's when we knew we actually had A REAL SHOT at making our goal. Our church family is so AMAZING! We are so thankful.

We know the chance to go to D.C. is worth all our efforts. Aside from being a fun trip, this is truly a once-in-a-life-time opportunity. With all the sites listed and a tour guide ... we could never take this kind of fast-paced trip as a family; we're a family of TEN.

Aside from the cost being OUTRAGEOUS, it would be as enjoyable as brushing my teeth with a mouth full of Oreo's. Big families are full of fun and laughter, but let's be honest ... they're a TON of hard work.

Mom and Dad have been foster parents for more than 13 years. They've cared for over 32 kids (we've helped). Most of them went back home or to relatives ... but a few didn't. I am part of the few (... the proud ... the adopted). Mom and Dad have gotten to adopt 4, including me and hopefully 2 more (my little foster brother (3) and foster sister (6.5)). Each of us has our own story and our own struggles. Some of our needs are obvious (like mine), but most are invisible to others. 

OK, this is a more serious picture ... my Dad (Travis), my Mom (Christina), Christiana (13), Me (13), Xavier (10), Annaliese (10), Lincoln (7.5) and Montgomery (5.5). (Our foster siblings can't be shown.)

I love the picture below ... these are friends I met at the PASCO picnic.  PASCO is the company that manages my nursing care. I make friends easily ... but a lot of people have questions about me.

I'm sure you do too. Some people point, stare and whisper ...  and that hurts my heart.

I decided that my life doesn't have to be full of stuff like that. So, we came up with a solution ...

Mom and I created a book, about me, to introduce myself to new people (this is the one I started "selling" (giving away with donation) at church).

Want to read it? ... You know you want to! :) I can email you a copy, for FREE. 
AFTER YOU DONATE, just go to www.CooperBollacker.com  and tell me where to email it.

"LIFE IS SHORT" ... that's the title of my book. It's a personal narrative that Mom wrote for me. I mainly use it at school to introduce myself to other kids and teachers.  It answers most all the questions people ask. It tells others about my history, my uniquenesses ... and my strengths.  And when I'm struggling, it reminds me where I've been and encourages me to keep working towards my goals.

What took so much time and awkwardness before ... with my book, is now so easy.

My book shares my story, so I don't have to explain it a million times.
My book answers all their top questions, so people are accurately informed. 
My book tells people how to interact with me, so I feel comfortable and welcomed.
My book explains my history, so others feel a connection.
My book shows my struggles, so people see my strengths ...

I can't change the world, but I can change my world!

So ... can you help me out? Will you be my Gnomie? 

Can you help us get 100% FUNDED by December 1st!!!

If All Your Donation Did Was ...
1) SEND us to D.C. ... for a once-in-a-lifetime trip ... would it be worth it?
2) SHARE my story ... and it encouraged just one person ... would it be worth it?

YES!!?? Then don't be shy ... and really, NO amount is too small. (The lady up the street gave us $6. :)

Follow These THREE Steps:
STEP 1: CLICK "DONATE NOW" at the top of this page and donate any amount.
STEP 2: Go to www.CooperBollacker.com  and CLICK "YES! SEND ME THE BOOK".  
STEP 3: CHECK your email account, OPEN my email, CLICK THE LINK. No download needed.

**To show our MASSIVE appreciation to our GoFundMe donors, we're giving you a PRICELESS BONUS ... **
We will be emailing regular video updates to all our GoFundMe donors as we continue to fund-raise, prepare for our trip and even while we are traveling. It'll be like you're right there with us for this entire adventure!!! :)

Thanks so much for supporting us and sharing my story!

Your friends,

Cooper and Christiana

P.S. Please click the "SHARE" button to help spread the word.

P.P.S. If there are extra donations, I'd like to purchase a small digital camera so I can make a memory book.

P.P.P.S. My mom wrote this page ... so if you find spelling and/or grammar errors ... those are all hers. ;)
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DC is just SIX weeks away! We can't believe it. It's FINALLY here! :)
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[New Video and Photos]
Hello and Happy New Year!!

I wanted to share an awesome FIRST that I had over Christmas Break.

Our family got invited to an ice skating event through Hope Crossing Church, in Lakewood. We went early that Saturday morning and it was freezing ... but the hot chocolate was fantastic and we had such a BLAST!!

Who would've thought that my mini walker (from my knee surgery this past summer) would turn out to be the perfect ice skating trainer ... besides my friend Carrie, of course. Thanks again for the lesson!!

All I Really Need To Know ... I learned Ice Skating:
Lesson 1: I fall down.
Lesson 2: I get back up.
Lesson 3: Repeat Lesson 1 and 2.
Lesson 4: Pizza, pizza, french fries (push, push, glide).

Mmmm! I'm getting hungry. Anyway ...

After skating and hot sugary beverages, we took pictures with Santa. None of my siblings cried ... but I think Santa may have, just a little bit. :) See for yourself ... he's definitely on the verge.

We'll talk soon, stay warm!

Your Friend,

P.S. Yes ... my foster brother and sister have their faces blurred (they can't be on the internet quite yet, not until we adopt them).
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Merry Christmas! EEEK ... it's getting so close. :)

It's Cooper and I just wanted to say hello!

All of Santa's helpers are working soooo hard [wink, wink] ... including me. We do a family secret santa exchange. We can't spend any money, we have to make our gifts.

See the picture attached? Love my elf outfit? Me too!! We had spirit week at school this past week and this was by far my favorite day.

It's fun to embrace the Elf Life. ... Why deny it?!

My mom reminded me that I've been sporting elf-wear since I was young. Watch the throw-back video I attached to this update (Christiana and I were 4) and read what my shirt says. ... And yes, my mom said my voice really did sound like that. :)

Anyway ... Hope you enjoy.

Your Friend,


P.S. Want to know how our family of 10 keeps the anticipation and sanity strong on Christmas Day?
Note: We do NO traveling. Yeah!!

Well, here's a sneak peek into our usual schedule:

7:30 Wake up and go look at the tree!! :) ... And stockings. No touching! Just looking!
7:45 Everyone does a quick tidy-up of the house (bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms).
8:15 Make an egg, bacon and fruit breakfast and eat together.
9:00 Watch a nativity story and talk about the "real" reason for CHRISTmas.
9:45 Time for the FIRST round of presents!!! One gift per person. One person at a time.
10:00 Go play with, interact and enjoy present #1 and watch a Christmas Movie together.
11:00 Time for the SECOND round of presents!!! One gift per person. One person at a time.
11:15 Go play with, interact and enjoy present #2 and continue watching the Christmas Movie.
12:15 Make and eat lunch together.
1:00 Time for the THIRD round of presents!!!
1:15 Go play with, interact and enjoy present #3 and watch a second Christmas Movie together.
2:15 Time for the FOURTH round of presents!!!
2:30 Go play with, interact and enjoy present #4 and continue watching the second Christmas Movie.
3:30 Time for the FIFTH round of presents!!!
3:45 Go play with, interact and enjoy present #5.
4:00 Make and eat dinner together.
5:30 Everyone does a quick tidy up of the house (bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, tree room).
6:00 Wash up, teeth bush, etc.
6:15 Quiet Reading time.
6:30 Bed time!!!!

There have been years where Christmas has spanned 2 days ... It's so MUCH fun!! :)
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[new video and picture]
Hi, it's Coop!
First off, I want to show you my new t-shirt. Funny, huh? (You have to watch the video to see it.)

Second, I want to share my picture with "Little Santa" and Mrs. Clause at my Little People's Christmas Party. The party was so great! See Santa's feet? They aren't even touching the ground. ... Finally! Someone that can relate. :)

Third, I want to bring you along so you can see how I load my chair onto the bus each morning. It takes some real skills! Watch the video.

Enjoy and have an awesome week!

Coop (and Christiana)

If we haven't expressed it enough, please hear it one more time ... Thank You SO Much for your support!!!
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