Mill Valley couple donates baby’s tissue for research, giving hope to others

MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL | Paul Libratore
Aline and Josh Copp hold a photo of their baby, Carter, while standing near a bench built in her memory on a Tamalpais Valley hilltop. Carter was born with an extremely rare recessive genetic condition. Donor Network West photo
On a Tamalpais Valley hilltop with a breathtaking view of the Marin shoreline and the bay, there’s a little wooden bench in memory of a special baby girl who did enormous good for medical research in the scant three weeks she was on the earth. 

Carter Virginia Copp died of a rare genetic condition that almost no one ever gets, but she lives on in the tissue and organs from her tiny body that her parents, Aline and Josh Copp, a 32-year-old Mill Valley couple, donated to grateful researchers studying autism, brain development and other neurological disorders in children.

“It gives us some strength and hope and peace to know that her life is making an impact on research and on science that has the ability to help other lives,” Aline said. 

“It was pretty clear to us that we wouldn’t get to have our daughter with us for very long, so we better make the most of it and find a way that she continues to be a part of our life beyond her short physical time,” Josh added. “And her donation was a very big part of that.” Continue reading
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