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Banner Olive Branch hosts“A Veteran and his Dog” – an inspirational story


SUN CITY, Ariz. (Jan. 27, 2014) - Veteran Steve Cooper will speak at Banner Olive Branch Senior Center in Sun City on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m.

Cooper may be the first male to complete an Ironman during cancer treatment.

Diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2012, Cooper has become an inspiration to many people across the country by battling his cancer with extreme activity - from bicycling 118 miles to Tucson, Ariz. to completing the Ironman Arizona Triathlon competition on Nov. 17, 2013.

Cooper took part in the Ironman to raise money to promote greater awareness about prostate cancer, provide free testing to men around the U.S. to combat this leading men’s health disease and advance research toward finding a cure.

However, 2014 did not start well for Steve Cooper. Cooper went from Phoenix to Las Vegas to celebrate New Year's Eve. He hired a dog sitter to watch Lexi, his one-year-old miniature black Labrador. The sitter took Lexi to the desert to play on New Year's Eve, but Lexi ran off.

For three days, Cooper slept in the area in his vehicle. He also hired about 15 people to help search the area for Lexi, the love of his life. It was about one year ago, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, that he got Lexi.

Doctors told him he had six months to live. Lexi has stayed by his side and pushed him to get better. He did. Cooper said he is now cancer-free.

Great news came for Cooper when he received a call from someone who had found Lexi curled up on their patio in the Anthem community in Henderson, NV. Cooper and Lexi were reunited in a happy ending for them both.

Banner Olive Branch Senior Center is located at 11250 N. 107th Ave. in Sun City.

Reservations are not required for this presentation. If you would like stay for lunch, please call (623) 974-6797 for reservations.

About Banner Olive Branch Senior Center
Banner Olive Branch Senior Center has been serving the Sun Cities and surrounding communities for more than 20 years. The senior center offers a wide variety of programs and support services, including a home-delivered meal program, daily congregate lunches, health and wellness classes, a Senior Employment Program and a pantry program supported by donations from the community. The senior center is a Medicare benefits check-up site and houses a satellite office for the Arizona Attorney General. For more information about Banner Olive Branch Senior Center, visit or call (623) 974-6797.


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