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Fundraiser Set Saturday For Cancer Survivor

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.

Benefit flierOn Saturday, a fundraiser will start at noon to benefit one local young lady.

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.

Makayla Walker flips the switch to officially light the city's Christmas tree in 2012. Looking on is Mayor Tom Gillen.
Makayla Walker flips the switch to officially light the city’s Christmas tree in 2012. Looking on is Mayor Tom Gillen.

“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.

Holding the Peeps hockey rink are Hailey Sawyer, Anthony, Principal Donna Simmons, teacher Karen Cota and Alexis Vivlemore.
Holding the Peeps hockey rink are Hailey Sawyer, Anthony, Principal Donna Simmons, teacher Karen Cota and Alexis Vivlemore.

DONATIONS RECEIVED

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