A Glenview restaurant is holding a fundraiser for eight-year-old Cooper Roberts

At a Whiskey River fundraiser on Sunday, the local Chicagoland community came out in force to support Cooper Roberts, an 8-year-old boy who was shot during the Highland Park 4th of July parade earlier this year.

Cooper was paralyzed after the July 4th mass shooting in Highland Park, but he returned to school with his twin brother Luke last week after multiple surgeries and months of rehab.

“Every day is a little better than the one before.” “There are ups and downs with any health struggle,” said Delaney Hunt, a member of the legal team representing Highland Park survivors. “[Cooper] has a bright future.” Not only does he have the love and support of his family and friends, but also of all the people who have come out to support him today, which is wonderful.”

Whiskey River in Glenview owner Kathy Karowsky said the restaurant has an annual fundraiser and the decision on who to support this time was simple.

“Every year, we have a fundraiser,” Karowsky explained. “I just went with Cooper [Roberts] and ran with it.”

Facepainting, pumpkin decorating, tye-dying t-shirts, a photobooth, and a DJ were among the activities at the fundraiser.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward Cooper’s medical bills as he recovers. If you were unable to attend the fundraiser today but would still like to donate, you can do so by going to the Cooper family’s GoFundMe page.

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