Socktober fundraiser supports 3-year old battling cancer

Friends and colleagues are once again rallying around Super Cooper and his family as the young boy continues his battle with leukemia.

Three year-old Cooper Busch of Chenango Bridge was diagnosed last November with a form of leukemia that is correlated to his Down Syndrome.

He underwent six months and four rounds of intensive chemotherapy, which put the cancer in remission for three months, but it returned in July.

His mother, Tara, has taken an unpaid leave from her job as a teacher at Ben Franklin Elementary in Binghamton.

The Caring for Community Club at West Middle has established a Socktober online fundraiser to assist the family.

By purchasing three pairs of colorful socks for $12, half of that money goes to the Busch family.

Tara says Cooper loves to rough house with his older brother Cole.

"Cooper has a very big personality.  We call him Hurricane Cooper.  He's very friendly, he brings a smile to everybody's face that he meets.  He says Hi to every single person that he runs across and he makes a memory with them," said Busch.

Tara says that if Cooper's leukemia goes back into remission, he'll qualify for a bone marrow transplant.

Unfortunately, neither brother Cole nor new sister Hope are a match.

However, the organization Be The Match plans to feature Cooper's story on its website.

You can find a link to the Socktober fundraiser at

The Caring for Community Club will receive some socks too which it plans to donate to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

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