Lincoln Memorial University

5th Annual Cooper’s Carnival Raise Awareness for Christianson Syndrome

Harrogate, Tennessee, September 19, 2019 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) students will host Cooper’s Carnival on Sunday, September 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Harrogate City Park (150 TN-63, Harrogate, TN 37752).  Hosted by LMU-DCOM Pediatrics Club and Physicians and Students Serving Appalachia Gaining Education (PASSAGE), the event raises money for the Christianson Syndrome Association and awareness of this rare disorder.


Cooper, the carnival’s namesake, lives in Harrogate, Tennessee. He is the only child diagnosed with Christianson Syndrome in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. His mother, Heather Jackson, reached out to LMU-DCOM students five years ago for help in raising awareness for the disorder.


Christianson Syndrome is an extremely rare genetic condition that primarily affects the nervous system and becomes apparent in infancy. The features of Christianson Syndrome include delayed development, an inability to speak, problems with balance and coordination and difficulty learning to walk and stand. Most affected children have recurrent seizures that begin around age 1 or 2. Children with Christianson Syndrome have a happy demeanor with frequent smiling and spontaneous laughter.


Cooper’s Carnival will feature food, games, face painting, inflatables and several activities for kids.  The entrance fee is $5 per person or $10 per family. You may pre-register online, order a t-shirt, or make a donation online at


For more information about Christianson Syndrome visit


The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800.325.0900, ext. 7082, e-mail [email protected], or visit us online at


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Harrogate, TN 37752