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September 26, 2018

Hundreds Turn Out To Support Girl Battling Cancer


OSWEGO, NY – For about the past six months, Makayla Walker has been battling an abdominal desmoid tumor. It is, in fact, so aggressive – it’s classified as a cancer.

Makayla helped sell raffle tickets and made name tags for those coming to the benefit. At left is volunteer Cathy Losurdo.

Makayla helped sell raffle tickets and made name tags for those coming to the benefit. At left is volunteer Cathy Losurdo.

This weekend it was apparent she wasn’t in this fight alone.

Hundreds crowded into the American Legion on West Bridge Street to give the Oswego youngster some emotional support as well as financial.

There were myriad items to bid on, ranging from Adirondack furniture, large screen TV, gift certificates for foods, autographed sports memorabilia (including stars with ties to the Oswego area like Brian McCann and Erik Cole), fishing charters, yoga sessions and much, much more.

“All of the volunteers have been working really hard. We have received a lot of support from everybody,” said Jennifer Losurdo one of the event organizers. “It’s just amazing how this community pulls together to help someone.”

A group of volunteers pose for a photo at the benefit. From the left are: Ann Raponi Tuttle, Kathy Walker, Mike Lavner, Cathy Losurdo, Jennifer Losurdo, Makayla Walker, Melissa Walker, Cindy Jones, Carrie Victory, Dawn Richardson, Marcia Bevecqua and Kristina Walker.

A group of volunteers pose for a photo at the benefit. From the left are: Ann Raponi Tuttle, Kathy Walker, Mike Lavner, Cathy Losurdo, Jennifer Losurdo, Makayla Walker, Melissa Walker, Cindy Jones, Carrie Victory, Dawn Richardson, Marcia Bevecqua and Kristina Walker.

Makayla said she appreciated the support, too.

Instead of just sitting around, she was working along side everyone else at the benefit.

“I want to work,” she said. “I want to be involved, doing something. I don’t want to just be sitting around.”

“This is amazing that the community has come together like this. It is, it really is. We’re so grateful for all the support,” said Makayla’s aunt Kathy Walker. “I can’t believe how many people are here, so soon. This place is packed!”

One of the more popular items to bid on was this large handmade quilt.

One of the more popular items to bid on was this large handmade quilt.

“That’s what I love about this community; we take care of each other,” said Oswego Legislator Jacob Mulcahey.

“It shows you how much our community cares about each other, it really does,” agreed Oswego County Clerk Michael Backus.

 

 

There were more than 1,000 chickens barbecued. They could have used a lot more.

There were more than 1,000 chickens barbecued. They could have used a lot more.

 

 

 

 

 

People could get their chicken dinners to go, if they pleased.

People could get their chicken dinners to go, if they pleased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or, you could enjoy dinner at the American Legion – if you could find a seat amongst the other diners and those filling out their raffle tickets.

Or, you could enjoy dinner at the American Legion – if you could find a seat amongst the other diners and those filling out their raffle tickets.

 

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