Cooper Busch of Chenango Bridge is a spunky, fearless, and loving three-year-old. He's also an incredible fighter. Born with Down Syndrome, Cooper was diagnosed last November with acute myeloid leukemia. The type of cancer Cooper has is unique to kids who have Down Syndrome.

Cooper has been spending weeks at a time at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse, receiving chemotherapy. His mom, Tara, is pregnant with a baby girl who will be born in March and she's had to take a leave of absence from her job as a teacher in the Binghamton City School District to be with Cooper while he receives treatments. Cooper's dad, Steve, and six-year-old brother, Cole have had to stay behind in Chenango Bridge, but they visit on the weekends.

Cooper is facing three more rounds of chemotherapy, and the medical, travel and living expenses are mounting. Cooper and his family need all the love and financial support they can get and so, an invitation has been extended to our community to attend a benefit for the Busch family this Sunday, January 15th at the American Legion Post 89 at 118 South Jensen Road in Vestal.

The benefit will be held from 1pm-5pm and will feature food, door prizes, and raffle baskets. Every penny raised will be given directly to the Busch family.

If you'd like to learn more about the benefit for the Busch family, or how to make a monetary donation, please reach out to Marissa Lamphere at  607-725-8553 or via email.

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