What are the Fall holidays without pumpkins? To celebrate the season and help make a difference, stop by the Cooper Trooper Foundation’s Pumpkin Patch in Franklin, Tennessee.
WRITTEN BY: MARSHA JONES
PHOTOGRAPH VIA FACEBOOK
Franklin, TN – Each year, the Cooper Trooper Foundation hosts an annual pumpkin sale to raise money for their Pediatric Cancer Research Endowment Fund at Nashville’s Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
The Cooper Trooper Foundation was co-founded by Rod and Missy Cook and named for their son Cooper, who was diagnosed with Infantile Fibrosarcoma, when he was only eight weeks old. Cooper beat the 1 in one million survival odds, and today is five years old and cancer-free. Their struggle to fight for the survival of their son, led the Cook family to their mission to end childhood cancer permanently.
“Children cannot vote to change public policy or advocate for themselves…we must do it for them,” Missy Cook states on the foundation’s website.
Located at the corner of Mallory Lane and Cool Springs Boulevard, The Pumpkin Patch is home to thousands of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. But this year, the fundraiser goes forward without its co-founder. Rod Cook passed away suddenly this July. Despite such a great loss, the Foundation’s mission is continuing with the help of passionate volunteers and the support of community.
The Cooper Trooper Foundation Pumpkin Patch is open:
Monday through Thursday ~ 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday ~ 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday ~ 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday ~ 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pumpkins will be sold through October 31.
Marsha Jones is a regular contributor to Southern Guide to Life. She is an author, photographer, and avid genealogist. She is a passionate advocate for women’s health, and particularly women’s heart health. Her new book, expected out next year, gives hope to women struggling with seemingly insurmountable obstacles and beautifully details the power of God to transform hopelessness into victory and death into a new life.