My name is Cooper Logan and I am 5 years old! I love motocross, baseball, soccer and hockey. I lived a very active, exciting life, then in September 2012, my life changed. I became very sick, running a high fever for more than 5 days, vomiting, red swollen lips and blood shot eyes. The doctors said I had a nasty virus and couldn't determine what was wrong with me. By the time the cause was found the damage was done. I was diagnosed with a heart disease known as Kawasaki Disease. It is the number one acquired heart disease in children under the age of 5. If detected within the first 10 days, the condition can usually be treated with some success. Because I didn't receive the necessary treatment within the 10 days, I developed two aneurysms on my coronary arteries.
One of these is so large it is considered giant and now requires a life of anti-coagulant medications and an inactive lifestyle. My cardiologist Dr. Jone says not only will I not be able to play the competitive sports I was born to play or ride motocross like my boy Ryan Dungy, I will likely face multiple heart surgeries throughout my life. If this disease is caught in time in time it can be treated and children go on to live full and active lives.
I want parents, grandparents and all family members to be familiar with the signs and symptoms that accompany a potential Kawasaki patient. Your support in educating others on the signs and symptoms of this disease will truly make a difference in saving lives. It could have changed mine!
The Cooper 5k is not only committed to improving the awareness of Kawasaki Disease, but to raise money for the many great programs that Kawasaki Kids Foundation will benefit. With this goal in mind, Cooper 5K is pleased to host our first annual Charity 5K Fun Run/Walk in support of the Kawasaki Disease Awareness. Kawasaki disease (KD), also known as Kawasaki syndrome, is a serious illness characterized by inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body that primarily affects young children and infants. Kawasaki disease is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children. Although about 80 percent of patients are under five years of age, older children and teenagers can also get KD, but this is uncommon. KD is more common in boys than girls, and the majority of cases are diagnosed in the winter and early spring.