Local Pumpkin Patch has a Heart-breaking back story.
LOCAL: Do you know the story behind the Cooper Trooper Pumpkin Patch in Franklin? It'll touch your heart, make you wanna go buy a pumpkin, and you'll want to share.
If you've driven south of town lately, you've probably seen that big Pumpkin patch at the corner of Mallory Lane and Cool Springs Boulevard.
The Cooper Trooper Foundation pumpkin patch was started 5 years ago by Rod and Missy Cook when their baby, Cooper, was diagnosed with cancer.
It made them realize that siblings of children diagnosed with cancer also have a really hard time. So they started the patch to raise money for "Courage Kits:" a t-shirt, courage medal, stuffed animal and book that talks about emotions that come up when a family member gets cancer. The family gave those little courage kits to local children through the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Now, the Pumpkin patch is going well, little Cooper is 5 years old and cancer free, but Rod Cooper, the dad, passed away, unexpectedly this summer.
So this is the first year without him there. Volunteers are wearing shirts with his initials and say they're keeping his vision of helping kids with the pumpkin sales, going strong. The Cooper Trooper Pumpkin patch is at the corner of Mallory Lane and Cool Springs Boulevard.
The money also goes toward Pediatric Cancer research at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vandy.
The Cooper Trooper Foundation Pumpkin Patch is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pumpkins will be sold through October 31.