About Austin Barker:
Austin was a very bright young man. When he was five he found an interest in chess. Within a very short period of time he was entering tournaments with kids his own age and usually was in the top of his group. As a young man he was an avid reader going from one series of books to the next. In the sixth grade he developed a passion for basketball, playing continuously on various teams through his graduation from high school. As an adult his interest turned to plumbing and working towards his goal of one day running the family business. Austin, the man, was compassionate and very sensitive to other people’s needs. He was always there to lend a hand. He was a beautiful person both on the surface and from within. Although Austin left us before he could fulfil his dreams, we know nothing would have made him happier than to be able to help bring hope and comfort to someone in need. Copper For Kids is an opportunity to keep Austin’s memory alive through a child who may otherwise have no direction or chance of a normal childhood.