OSWEGO – On the heels of a successful St. Baldrick’s fundraiser comes another event aimed at assisting someone in need is scheduled this weekend.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation works to raise awareness and funding to support childhood cancer research.
Makayla Walker, of Oswego, was diagnosed last fall with an abdominal desmoid tumor. It is so aggressive it is classified as a cancer. There are five other youngsters in the Oswego City School District suffering from this disease.
Makayla and her father, Shawn, were seen in part of the public service announcements that played on the big-screen TVs at Wednesday’s St. Baldrick’s event.
Shawn, seated behind his daughter, explained that the tumor in her belly was the size of a football.
She turned and corrected him. “It’s abdomen,” she said.
The fundraiser will be on Saturday at the American Legion, on West Bridge Street.
“There will be door prizes, raffles, a chicken barbecue, music and a lot more,” said Jennifer Losurdo one of the event organizers. “We’re doing what we can to help the family pay its medical costs and other bills.”
Everyone has been very generous and supportive, she added.
“We have some really great stuff for the auctions,” she said. “The barbecue tickets are selling very fast. There are tons and tons of raffles, Adirondack table and chair raffle, two-seat ride around at Oswego Speedway raffle, a TV raffle, more than 130 other raffles. It’s going to be packed in there!”
“I can’t believe all stuff they got for the fundraiser,” Shawn Walker said recently. “They’ve got tons of stuff!” (For a list of some of the donations, see below).
Makayla is currently undergoing a rigorous chemotherapy treatment at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse.
She said she is feeling good and is thankful for all the support she’s received.
To ensure she doesn’t fall behind academically, a tutor helps her with her school work.
The tumor is so large; doctors need to shrink it before attempting to remove it.
Makayla’s family has season tickets to see the Oswego State Laker hockey team; when she gets better, she wants to play hockey, Makayla said.
At Fitzhugh Park Elementary School, it’s become a fifth grade tradition to make projects out of Peeps.
Nicole Anthony created a Laker Hockey Peeps game against the “Plattsburgh Peeps” for classmate Makayla.
Buffalo Bills – 2 autographed pictures
Cakes Galore – $15 gift certificate
Ontario Orchards – $15 gift certificate
Big M – $50 gift certificate
Tom Caraccioli – box of TNT sports clothes, hats, jackets, etc.
Jerry Caraccioli – box of Super Bowl and final four clothes, hats, etc.
Tom and Jerry Caraccioli – 2 Striking Silver Hockey Books
Dominick’s Sports Bar – two $20 gift certificates
Active Chiropractic – Free consultation, exam and adjustment (Dustin)
NY Giants – Eli Manning autographed poster
JP Jewelers – two necklaces and a pair of earrings
NY Jets – Autographed Football
Buffalo Sabers – Autographed hockey puck
Mark’s Pizzeria – two large cheese pizzas
Greene’s Ale house – $25 gift certificate
KFC – two 8-piece meal gift certificates
Lodge on the Loop – A free gun cleaning (Larry Taylor)
Wade’s Diner – four $10 gift certificates
Office Tavern – $25 gift certificate
A & P Auto Parts – box of hats, gift certificate, cozies, pad and pen
Red Sun – $50 gift certificate
K & Q – $10 gift certificate
Ink Kings – five $20 gift certificates (raffled separately)
John Deary – Adirondack table and chairs
RE Davis – Free Oil Change
Tanning Bed – $20 gift card
GJP – Large pizza gift certificate
Maria’s Diner – Free breakfast gift certificate
Cook’s Jewelers – $25 gift certificate
Heagerty’s Hot Spot – $20 gift certificate
Larry Muroski – two fishing charters
Warren Vandish (Lindsey Aggregates) – $500
Mike Cutro – Free home inspection
Tractor Supply – Metal bird feeder
Stability Fitness – three-month membership
Cheap Seats – $15 gift card
Oswego Sub Shop – $10 gift card
Sandy Eby – yoga session, yoga mat
Pizza Villa – Large two-topping pizza
Cam’s – three $10 gift certificates
Tom O’Neil – four and a half-foot wood carved bear
Kathy Fenlon – Handmade Easter bag
WB Mason – yankees hat, truck, umbrella
Oswego YMCA – three-month membership
Oswego Speedway – five buy one get one free coupons
Kruel’s Stand – Gift certificate and lottery tickets
Wayne White – Gift certificate
Bridge Street Jewelers – Necklace and ring
Subway – Basket of certificates
Cutting Crew – Gift certificate
Vona’s – two $25 gift certificates
Canale’s – $30 gift card
NY Islanders – autographed hockey puck
Anonymous – Pabts Blue Ribbon rocker
John Patternoster – Dale Sr. suede coat size 2X
Classic Styles – Hair care products
Oswego Historical Society – shirts, mugs, tickets
Pathfinder Bank – Gift basket
NY yankees – two home game tickets
Port City Day Spa – 60 minute massage
Captain Dan’s Charter – drift boat down Salmon River for 2, value $350
NY Mets – voucher for four home game tickets
C’s Farms – Potatoes and item to raffle
Joan Goodman – Handmade afghan
Youth Bureau – Children’s toy basket
Tracey Cavalier – Mary Kay basket
Kathie Weeks – Children’s Gift basket
Bling it On – Gift basket
NY Nails – Gift certificate
Mr. and Mrs. Culeton – Vera Bradley Wallet, Vera Bradley Wristlet, $50
Red Lobster- Gift certificate
Lighthouse Lanes – Gift basket
Annie’s Friend – Basket from Tastefully Simple and Sipada
Annie’s Friend – Homemade Afghan and 31 Gift certificate
Annie’s Friend – 31 Tote bag
Mitchell Printing – Book of 50 years of Classic
Woodshed – Hockey stick and Gift certificate
Joanne Bateman – Overnight luggage set
Buffalo Bills – two autographed photos
John Bletch – autographed drum sticks (Frostbite Blue)
Oak Hill Barber Shop -gift certificate
Shane and George Broadwell – night stay at Quality Inn and $50 gift card
Dominoes – Large pizza
Pittsburgh Steelers – #43 autographed picture
Losurdo’s – Wooden park bench and Easter baskets and picture
Joan Goodman – afghan
Youth Bureau – Kids toy basket
Byrne Dairy – 10 boxes kid ice cream cups
Bob Clark – two lighthouse paintings
Eagle Beverage – Mich Ultra mountain bike
Syracuse Crunch – four ticket vouchers
Lowe’s – small charcoal grill
John Bush – two-seat ride at Oswego Speedway
Republican Party – 50-inch flat-screen TV and raffle tickets
Friendly’s – gift certificate and glasses
Staples – bag of notebooks, pens, clips, etc., and shelf
Dynamic Sound and Security- free hand wash inside and out
Atlanta Braves – autographed baseball
Jerry Curran racing benefit – $2,000
Syracuse Chiefs – bag of souvenirs
Eric Cole (Dream Big Foundation) – Montreal Canadians autographed shirt
Oak Hill Barber Shop – gift certificates
Dufores – Sterling silver earrings
NY Rangers – autographed post card from Michael Delzotto
Kinney’s – puffy chair
New Jersey Devils – autographed hockey stick from David Clarkson
Janet Rogers – two cakes and gift certificates for cakes
Kevin Caraccioli – two books that he wrote
Dowd’s flower shop – flower arraignment and gift certificate
Garafolo’s – two $10 gift certificates
Turn 2 Foundation (Derek Jeter) – autographed photo from Derek Jeter
Sam Amedio – Indian head walking stick
Precision graphics – cozies and a T-shirt for Makayla
Sheriff’s Association – $500 check
Licotese Chiropractic – orthopedic pillow
Pittsburgh Penguins – autographed hockey puck
Rikki Walker – basket of lawn products
Taste of the World – gift certificate
Chuck Burger – six months karate and karate suit
Realty USA – Basket
Beacon Hotel – Overnight stay and basket
Tammy Murphy and Larry Morgia – $200 check