The family of Cooper Busch is looking to channel the outpouring of support from the community to help other local kids facing life-threatening illness.
The four-year-old boy from Chenango Bridge, affectionately known as Super Cooper, died in May.
Cooper had Down Syndrome and was later diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
His boundless energy and enthusiasm led people to rally around him with gifts and fundraisers.
That included the book “Super Cooper Saves The Day” written by author and illustrator Russell Richardson and sold to raise money to help cover the Busch family’s expenses.
Cooper’s Mom Tara says the new charity, also called Super Cooper Saves The Day, will create similar books for other sick kids.
“It’s not just our family that wants to carry it on, but the entire community was affected by him. Now we want to give back to that community that was so good to us during our journey. I think it’s going to be a community effort to keep his legacy alive,” said Busch.
The charity will also take on some community projects.
First up, is to raise money for a full-fledged playground to replace the old swing set at Chenango Bridge Civic Park.
That effort begins Friday evening at 6 p.m. with a fun family event at the park which will include a Wiffle ball tournament, DJ, food and a screening of the Babe Ruth baseball film “Everyone’s Hero.”
Money will be raised through a can and bottle drive and gently used shoe collection.
For more information, check out the Super Cooper Saves The Day page on Facebook.