Motorists in Johnson City may experience some heavy traffic in the area around the Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church on Main Street for calling hours and a memorial service for a little boy who lost his fight with cancer May 6.

A service is being held at 11 a.m. May 10 for four year old Cooper Busch, who captured the hearts of many in the community as he battled leukemia.  A large turn-out is also expected for calling hours from 3 to 7 p.m. May 9.

The child, dubbed “Super Cooper” touched many people in the area from sports figures, private citizens, police and fire officials and business professionals to government leaders like New York State Senator Fred Akshar of Binghamton, who spoke of Cooper from the Senate Floor.

Meanwhile, a number of events to acknowledge the impact of cancer on virtually everyone are being held, including the Sock Out Cancer colorful sock sales that go to help families deal with the financial burden of dealing with the disease.  A portion of this year’s effort that began in Broome County goes to the Busch family.

May 8 was proclaimed Sock Out Cancer Day in the State of New York.

Security Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York has been a leader in the Sock Out Cancer effort and in support of Cooper Busch and his family.

The Security Mutual Building in Downtown Binghamton is being lit in blue, yellow and red in honor and memory of Cooper as a benefit concert featuring William Close and the Earth Harp Collective takes place at the Forum Theater in Binghamton May 11.  The Earth Harp Collective performed yesterday in Albany to benefit financially distressed cancer patients and their families.


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