GULF BREEZE, Fla. (WALA) - Despite being originally told no, the Gulf Breeze High School student body government found a way to organize a 5K to benefit a fellow student.
Quentin Cooper was diagnosed with liver disease at the age of 15. According to organizers, doctors told Quentin he would not make it to see Christmas 2012, but he did. He now his goal is to make it to graduation in May.
The SGA said since his medical care is expensive, they wanted to help Cooper and his family with the cost.
Organizers said the school board told them that they could not put on a fund raiser as it was not a school sanctioned event. They said they went to the City and presented their case, and the City of Gulf Breeze agreed to take on the event.
The first annual Quentin Cooper Liver Life 5K Walk/Run will be held March 30. Proceeds will go to the Quentin Cooper Liver Life 5K fund to help with the families expenses. After the family's bills have been paid, the city will continue to have the event each year and the funds will go into the national fund for families with medical expenses due to liver disease.
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