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  • Courtesy photo from Rob Anctil.


    Local man Rob Anctil and his daughter, Kayla Warren, present Cooper Doucette with an honorary black belt on Saturday, April 7, at Anctil's Martial Arts in Nashua. Anctil has been raising money this year for Doucette, who was paralyzed during football practice in August 2010.
  • The honorary black belt given to Cooper Doucette on Saturday, April 7. Doucette was paralyzed during football practice in August 2010, and Rob Anctil, of Anctil's Martial Arts in Nashua, has been raising money to help offset Doucette's medical costs.
Monday, April 16, 2012

Nashua man offers honorary black belt to Cooper Doucette, continues fundraising push

NASHUA – Rob Anctil will embark on a 2,663-mile hike this month from California to Canada as part of a fundraising push for Nashua North student Cooper Doucette, who was paralyzed in football practice in August 2010.

Anctil, a Nashua native and owner of Anctil’s Martial Arts on Pond Street, was inspired to help after reading stories about community fundraising for Doucette this fall.

Over Easter weekend, he presented Doucette with an honorary black belt, as well as a $2,000 check for the money raised so far, which will help to cover Doucette’s medical expenses.

Anctil plans to raise more during his hike of the Pacific Crest Trail from April to September. He leaves April 26. A friend of the Doucette family has pledged $4,000 more to help Anctil complete his journey for Cooper, Anctil said.

Doucette still has no feeling below his waist but is progressing through physical therapy at Journey Forward, a treatment organization in Massachusetts for people with spinal-cord injuries. Ongoing fundraisers help cover the cost of his visits to Journey Forward, which are not covered by insurance.

Anctil is hosting several other events this year to raise money for Cooper, including: a “Cartwheel-a-Thon” on May 19, a “Kick-a-Thon” on July 14 and a “Somersault-a-Thon” on Sept. 15.

All events will include children and adults doing cartwheels, kicks and somersaults throughout the day to help raise money for Cooper.

For information, please contact Anctil at anctils.martialarts@yahoo.com.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Kittle on Twitter (@Telegraph_CamK).