OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Firefighters and friends raised more than $15,700 on Saturday to assist a seven-year-old cancer patient and his family.
“Thank you so much to everyone that helped make today’s benefit a huge success!” said Lt. Brooks Hourigan who spearheaded the event. “The final tally will amount to more than $15,700! Unbelievable! It couldn’t go to a more deserving family!”
Julian Ross has been battling neuroblastoma for the past year; he was diagnoissed Aug. 4, 2011 – a year to the day of his benefit.
The cancer started in his adrenal gland and is spreading throughout his body. He has had multiple surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, bone marrow aspirations, scans, transfusions and blood draws.
The Port City Faith Assembly of God on West Fifth Street hosted the benefit.
There was a chicken barbecue. The event also featured raffles including an iPad or $500 cash, 50/50, jewelry, sports items, Nascar memorabilia, a Pacific bicycle, air compressor, an assortment of “Thirty One” bags valued at more thanr $120, blue ray/DVD players, kids toys, gift certificates and much more.
SUNY Oswego donated 75 tickets to be raffled off: 25 for men’s hockey, 25 for women’s hockey and 25 for men’s and women’s basketball.
The Vinman (retired Oswego firefighter Vince Ruggio) provided the musical entertainment.
“The Oswego Firefighters’ Association worked to put this all together. Brooks has really taken the lead,” said union president John Geraci. “The sheriff’s department Deputies’ Association, Oswego Police Department, Fulton firefighters and others have all volunteered to help.”
“Last year, when we found out about Julian, we adopted him as one of our own,” Hourigan explained. We raised money for him and his family at the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser and when we found out he wanted to be either a cop or a firefighter we adopted him as one of our firefighters.”
He added he looks forward to watching Julian grow and one day being hired as a member of the fire department.
The family has to go to Philadelphia a lot for Julian’s treatments and the costs are staggering, he added.
They have had to sell many personal belongings as well as put their home up for sale to try and make ends meet, he said.
“The support for the family by all the civil servants in the area and the community as a whole, has just been overwhelming,” he said. “We’re here to show our support of the family.”
Anyone who would like to make a monetary donation can call 342-5570.
If you’d like to learn a little bit more about Julian and his battle against cancer, please take a minute to visit his webpage below! http://www.juliansjoust.com/