Event honors 12-year-old athlete who died from heart condition

Event honors 12-year-old athlete who died from heart condition

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TROY, Mich. (WJBK) -

A 12 year old boy, healthy and fit by all accounts, dies from a rare heart condition during a baseball game. Now, more than two years later, his parents are honoring his memory by helping others.

Click on the video player to watch Deena Centofanti's report.

Saturday, young hockey players gathered at the Troy Sports Center to play for the Cooper Cup, a special fundraising hockey tournament in honor of Cooper Salsberry. The Oakland Township boy died of sudden cardiac death on a baseball field in 2012. He was just 12 years old. Cooper loved to play hockey and baseball. His parents attended Saturday's event.

"Cooper was a very generous little boy and he loved kids and he loved helping people," said his mom Kerry Salsberry. "We're just happy the Troy Sports Center, the Oakland Grizzlies and Troy Youth Hockey are doing this for our son."

Money that's raised helps with hockey-related expenses for young players who can't afford them. It also goes to the Make a Wish Foundation and other charities.

If you'd like to donate to Cooper's Fund, donations can be sent to the J. Cooper Salsberry Memorial Fund (attn. Jen Kruetzer LPL), 133 E. Walled Lake Dr., Walled Lake, MI 48390

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