Kelly Cogswell

            Kelly Cogswell, aged 3, was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease. She was given no more than three to four months to live.  Today, more than two years after that prognosis, Kelly is still waging a battle against the illness.  Kelly’s particular form of mitochondrial disease is known as Leigh’s syndrome, which affects her ability to eat, speak and breathe. She also has little head or trunk control and cannot walk.  But she has been a fighter and she’s beat all the time frames.  She is very social. She smiles and laughs and recognizes people and voices, is very nosy and loves to talk on the phone.  On March 27th, the Cogswell family will be the beneficiaries of the Brick Township Policemen’s Benevolent Association’s 20th annual "Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game." The game pits the members of the Brick Township Police Department against the Brick Township High School Green Dragon football team.  "We’re overwhelmed by the generosity of it all," said Andy Cogswell, Kelly’s father. "Kelly’s illness has had a huge impact on our finances. We’re so appreciative."  Sue Cogswell, a registered nurse, has had to quit her job to care for her daughter.

About mcogswell2

I am a retired minister of the United Church of Canada. I am currently Editor of the Cogswell Courier, the newsletter of the Cogswell Family Association.
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