By Paul Gutierrez
Like many teenagers in Bellevue, 16-year-old Austin Cooper loves football.
“My whole weekend is about football,” said Cooper.
So it was a dream come true when Cooper got the chance to suit up for his local youth football team Thursday night.
“I felt nervous, but when I put the jerseys and pads on it felt great.”
Cooper’s road, however, to his dream was anything but easy. He suffers from cerebral palsy; a condition that impacts muscle coordination and body movement. When he was born doctors only gave him one hour to live.
“He was born at about 26 weeks and died about four times,” recalled Jen Cooper, Austin’s mother.
Having beat the odds, Cooper did more than just suit up Thursday night. He also got to flip the coin before the game and run for a touchdown shortly before halftime.
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