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Super Cooper's family hanging onto hope with new treatment

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Doctors say they're doing what they can to help save a four-year-old's life as he battles cancer.

Cooper Busch has acute myeloid leukemia and down syndrome.

His type of cancer affects bone marrow and blood.

Doctors at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse have been trying a new treatment for the past few weeks to help Cooper.

"He's on antibiotics, but overall he seems to be tolerating the intensive therapy," said Upstate Golisano's Children's Hospital Division Chief of Hematology and Oncology Melanie Comito. "We're almost about four weeks from where we started. So hopefully over the next couple of weeks we will be able to tell if this is going to be successful for him."

Comito says it's been a joy to work with the young boy.

"He's very engaging, interactive, he's always happy in general," said Comito.

Cooper was running around the hospital Monday afternoon to try to have some fun.

His mother Tara Busch remains hopeful as she follows her son through his journey.

"I would go to the moon if I had to for Cooper to try to save his life," explained Busch. "So we would do whatever we have to do. So it's definitely taxing on the family and it's difficult. But we make it work."

Cooper's doctors also say they're trying to stay positive.

"Our hope is that we can get him into a second remission so then the family has options," added Comito. "Whether they want to explore a bone marrow transplant or other investigation therapies that might be available."

"Cooper Palooza" will be held on March 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Touch of Texas in Binghamton.

It's an event to celebrate the four-year-old's life and to help the family with medical costs.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ten and under.

If you'd like to get tickets for the event you can send an email to or call (607) 725-8553.

Doctors say there's a 50 percent chance Cooper will be in attendance.

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