Cooper Howard

A benefit for two-year-old Cooper Howard, son of MPD Sgt. Derek Howard who has been battling a rare disease since birth, will be held next Monday at the Carl Perkins Center.

The Morehead Police Department will be hosting a benefit next week to help raise money for a fellow officer’s son who is battling a rare disease.

Two-year-old Cooper Howard, son of Sgt. Derek Howard, was diagnosed shortly after he was born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).

The rare disease effects both the kidneys and liver and is usually diagnosed in babies and young children. It occurs in about one in every 20,000 births.

Cooper has had both kidneys removed and has fought liver cancer twice.

He’s currently awaiting a liver/kidney transplant. He’s already gone through one aborted attempt of the surgery due to his blood pressure not sustaining proper levels.

To help raise money for medical bills, the MPD is hosting a chili dinner at the Carl Perkins Center on Monday, Dec. 11, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Both monetary and food donations are needed for the chili supper. Volunteers are also desired.

Those hoping to volunteer time or make a donation are encouraged to join and contact the Facebook event, “Benefit For Cooper Howard.”

Both Dairy Queen locations in town donated 10 percent of their sales last Monday night to help with medical expenses. The fundraiser raised more than $200.

A GoFundMe account was set up shortly after Cooper’s birth and raised the goal of $10,000 going right back to medical expenses.

Police have also set up an account under “Derek Howard” at The Citizens Bank in Morehead, where anyone can make a donation.

The Carl Perkins Center is located off KY 32 off Crayton Jackson Lane.

Brad Stacy can be reached at or by telephone at 784-4116.

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