Worldwide support for injured Idalou football player - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/26/09

Worldwide support for injured Idalou football player

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On December 6th, Tanner Cook's life changed forever when he collided with a Cisco lineman at a football game. Aero Care took him to UMC with a serious head injury.

After the accident, family friend Cindy Keele helped out the only way she knew how. "I started an e-mail prayer list to pray for Tanner, and it just kind of exploded," Keele said. 

The first e-mail she sent went to about 70 people in the area. Those people forwarded it to friends and family who asked Keele to add them to the list. Today, she sends out updates to a list serve of about 125,000 people. "We have people all over the world praying for this child from good old hometown people right here in West Texas to soldiers in Iraq," she said. 

Keele is happy to send updates that Cook is doing well, but he still struggles with short term memory loss and attends therapy 5 days a week. "He has physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy. He does a lot of cognitive retraining," said his mother, Sandy Cook. 

One of the people who receives Keele's e-mails suggested the benefit concert, and he and several other local artists agreed to play. "We've been told that Tanner is going to have a year or two years worth of therapy, and we know that insurance is not going to pay continually and won't always pay in 100%, so that's where this money will go," said Sandy Cook.

Those close to cook are confident with the support of those around him and events like the benefit concert, he will continue to recover.

The benefit is Friday, June 26th at 7 p.m. at Live Oak Community Church at 107th Street and Frankford. It's a free concert, but donations to help with Cook's medical expenses are accepted. If you can't go, but would like to help you can donate to the Tanner Cook Medical Fund at any City Bank location.

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