For the first year of his life, Cooper Davis was a thriving youngster. Then a tragic accident left him unable to walk, see or speak. He requires 24-hour-a-day care and must often travel between Brunswick and Savannah. The family needed a specially equipped van.
That's when two members of their church, Calvary Baptist Temple, put together a plan to raise at least half the money needed to purchase a $35,000 vehicle.
"Cooper has gotten so big that he can't be carried and so with the new van they'll be able to get him to places that he needs to go," said Dr. Bill Scarbrough. "To the doctor, to the hospital, wherever without having to transfer him two or three times from one chair to another."
Dr. Scarbrough and Virgil Cordray put together an auction with items donated from the church and the business community. Their event was so successful, they paid the entire cost of the van and had enough money to set up a trust fund for Cooper.
"It was a labor of love," said Cordray. "But the end result is just phenomenal, that we've made this family be able to function as a normal family now and have given Cooper some comfort in traveling, and that's what its all about."
For Cooper's mom, grandmother and other family members, this van means everything. "This absolutely is going to change our lives," said Brittany Davis, Cooper's mom. "It will make everything easier. Just going and coming to different places."
For the men who made it all happen, Brittany has the highest regard. "There are no words to express how grateful we are for everything that they have done."
For all they did to make life a little easier for Cooper Davis and his family, Dr. Bill Scarbrough and Virgil Cordray are this week's WTOC Hometown Heroes.
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