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Community Shows It Support Of Teen Battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

OSWEGO, NY – Recently, Oswego residents joined forces to bike, walk, and run the Team Levine Event supporting Cooper Levine, an 18-year-old freshman at Ithaca College recently diagnosed with ALL, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

A donation to the family was the fee to register.

Front in orange, Ken Wells, leads the bicycle participants to the Oswego Tri-Sprint 10-mile course of the Team Levine Bike/Walk/Run Event. (Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography)
Front in orange, Ken Wells, leads the bicycle participants to the Oswego Tri-Sprint 10-mile course of the Team Levine Bike/Walk/Run Event. (Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography)

Held at Oswego’s Breitbeck Park and hosted by Team Levine Committee Standing United For Cooper, bikers rode the Oswego Tri-Sprint 10-mile course through Oswego State University’s campus and along the beautiful Lake Ontario shoreline.

Runners and walkers traveled the Oswego Tri-Run/Walk 5K course turning around at the at SUNY Oswego Health Center.

Some were accompanied by their baby strollers and many by their four-legged furry friends.

This family-friendly event was also enjoyable for the spectators cheering them on to be finishers!

Black T-shirts with Team Levine written in gold, designed by Zink Shirts, were purchased as a donation and donned by the participants.

Team Levine supporter Allie White handles her golden retiever with Taylor Walpole as the begin the Oswego Tri-Walk course with many other particpants in the 5K through the SUNY Oswego campus. (Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography)
Team Levine supporter Allie White handles her golden retiever with Taylor Walpole as the begin the Oswego Tri-Walk course with many other particpants in the 5K through the SUNY Oswego campus. (Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography)

As well, gold and orange ribbons, colors of the disease, were purchased and worn.

They were made by and donated by Helen Kemper.

Competitors were provided with yellow signs to pin to their shirts of I Run For Cooper, I Bike For Cooper, I Walk For Cooper, or I Support Cooper, in a strong show of support for the beloved teen.

They were designed by FitzGibbons employee Amanda Sawyer.

The participants were treated to snacks, bagels, apples, and water at the finish line donated by area businesses.

A huge box of apples was donated by C’s Farms, cases of water bottles were from FitzGibbons Real Estate and one private donor. Oswego Bagel Shop provided bags and bags of bagels. FitzGibbons Real Estate also provided all the bagel fixings. The variety of chips was donated by Billy and Val Favata.

Tom Richardson wins the Team Levine Oswego Tri-Run Course beginning and ending at Breitbeck Park. (Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography)
Tom Richardson wins the Team Levine Oswego Tri-Run Course beginning and ending at Breitbeck Park. (Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography)

Mike Nahorny took first place for the bike and Tom Richardson took the win for the run.

Their prize was delicious homemade peanut brittle donated by Leighton Elementary teacher Natalie Canale.

Coordinator for the Team Levine Event, Samantha Cleveland said, “We had a lot of talented bakers. Ontario Orchards donated two beautiful pies and Cakes Galore donated delicious cookies.”

Beth Clark, volunteer photographer for Cooper said, “Our bake sale coordinator, Donna Tesoreiro, deserves a gold star for her perfect Italian cookies!”

Mike Nahorney takes the win for the Oswego Tri-Sprint bike course.
Mike Nahorney takes the win for the Oswego Tri-Sprint bike course.

50/50 raffles netted a nice sum and the winner, Cindy Tonkin, humbly donated back her winnings.

Kelly Darling won the large Murdock’s gift bag of paper lanterns and other fun items. Ashley Lynn Wineries saw Heather Williams as the happy winner of that wine and gift basket.

Kate Wells, Samantha Cleveland and Yvonne Brown of the committee Standing Strong For Cooper, started with the idea of raising $500 and having a bike-walk-run event with friends and family wearing T-shirts with Sharpies handwritten on them in a show of support of the the Levine family who has given so much to their community over the years.

Those who came out in support of Cooper Levine, signed a card with heart-felt sentiments to be delivered to him as a keepsake of the Team Levine Bike/Ride/Walk Event Saturday at Breitbeck Park in Oswego. (Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography)
Those who came out in support of Cooper Levine, signed a card with heart-felt sentiments to be delivered to him as a keepsake of the Team Levine Bike/Ride/Walk Event Saturday at Breitbeck Park in Oswego. (Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography)

Kate Wells spoke to the crowd, “This event was put together by Samantha and numerous volunteers who just wanted to give, expecting nothing in return, and simply wanted to help the Levine family in some way. Some who have participated do not even know the Levines and that is generosity on a deeper level for sure.”

Wells continued with a heart-felt prayer, “We pray that you will give wisdom to the doctors and researches as they continue to devise a plan for Cooper and others with cancer.  We pray that you will restore Cooper’s body, encourage his heart, renew his spirit, and bring a great peace of assurance.  We pray that soon, a cure for cancer will be discovered! Bless everyone here, and protect the riders, runners and walkers.”

After the event was completed they raised more than they could have dreamed.

Mary Healy runs for Cooper through the college campus on a beautiful fall day. (Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography)
Mary Healy runs for Cooper through the college campus on a beautiful fall day. (Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography)

Wells said, “I’m not surprised at all at the generosity of this community.”

With Cooper and his father, Alan, at the hospital, lovingly called, “Hotel Golisano,”  Trish Levine humbly and appreciatively accepted the donation and outpouring of love from family, friends, businesses and community members that she knew and didn’t know.

She said the word that Cooper continues to use is “overwhelmed” with the show of support he and his family has been given.

The next benefit is a concert fundraiser being put on by Cooper’s family and friends at The American Foundry in Oswego.  It will take place November 27, Thanksgiving Eve, from 6-11 p.m.

The event will feature live music, food, music, and silent auctions.

The tickets will be $10 and available soon for purchase at Raby’s Ace Home center, river’s end bookstore, Oswego Family YMCA, and The Clubhouse Tavern.

Special thanks goes out to friends at Double J’s Printing, CRE8 Solutions, The Clubhouse Tavern, and The American Foundry for making this event happen.

If you are interested in donating items for raffle or silent auction, please email Meghan Donabella at [email protected] or Ali McGrath at [email protected] with details.

Donabella and McGrath said, Thank you in advance for your support.

More Support For Cooper

To help support Cooper and his family, they will be raffling a stand-up jet ski. Tickets will be $20 a piece and 100% of the money raised will go to Cooper and his family.

Tickets can be purchased through their facebook page via paypal, or by mailing a check. Let’s show our support for Cooper and come together for this great cause. This is a win-win situation; you will be donating to a good cause, while taking a chance to win a jet ski and try out one of Cooper’s favorite water sports.

Please like them on facebook and share this to your family and friends, a small donation can go a long way.

For more information, please go to [email protected]

Please paypal all donations and ticket purchases to [email protected]
Be sure to include your full name, address, and phone number.
Please gift the money or include PP fees if necessary.
Or mail a check to:
Jordan Darling
390 Davies Ave
West Henrietta, NY 14586

The winner will be announced on November 26.