Cathy Wolterman Coop
‘FOREVER AN ADVOCATE FOR THE UNDERDOG’
Cancer is not selective about who or when it strikes. It can afflict anyone, changing a vibrant, community- minded and exceedingly charitable individual in the prime of her life into a statistic, as it did with Cathy Wolterman Coop.
Cathy was a wife, mother, sister, friend and medical professional who was diagnosed with cancer. While receiving treatment at the UK Markey Cancer Center, she often told family and friends of the women she sat with during her chemotherapy, many of whom were driving themselves to and from treatments while working full-time jobs to support their families and themselves.
“The most meaningful way we could honor her memory was creating this fund that would benefit those going through the same treatment.” – Brent Coop, Cathy’s husband
“Cathy lived close to Markey, we had financial stability and she had a strong support system, but those people who did not weighed on her heavily. She was forever an advocate for the underdog,” said Cathy’s widower, Brent.
In her honor, Brent, along with the Wolterman family and Cathy’s friends, started the Cathy Wolterman Coop Fund, which raises funds for those receiving treatment for primary peritoneal or ovarian cancer. Presented to her as a legacy on her final birthday, the fund offers financial assistance for items such as transportation to treatments, groceries, hotel rooms for family members, meals, childcare, medication co- pays and other basic needs.
“The most meaningful way we could honor her memory was creating this fund that would benefit those going through the same treatment as her, but in many cases were in much more difficult financial situations,” Brent said.
For more information on the Cathy Wolterman Coop Fund, or any of the philanthropic efforts carried out by the UK Markey Cancer Foundation, visit