LETTER: Thanks for supporting bottle drive

To the editor:

Thank you to all who contributed to the fundraising efforts for eight-year-old Oswego resident Julian Ross who has been bravely fighting stage IV Neuroblastoma since his diagnosis in 2011.

Julian’s bucket list wish of a bedroom on the second floor of his home has been supported by so many in our community and around Central New York. From the third graders and teachers at State Street School who donated their pennies, to the local businesses and individuals who have shared their time, talents and funds, the acts of generosity are simply amazing.

A group of local women decided to organize a bottle drive to offset some of the remaining construction costs of Julian’s project. Our efforts were modeled after a previous bottle drive for Julian led by Nancy Rynkiewicz, a Marcellus resident whose own son lost his battle with Neuroblastoma. Nancy provided great advice and worked hard to spread the news about our drive.

Thank you to LakeHouse Pub, Gilda’s, Marcellus Pizza and Staples in Auburn for donating their bottles. These businesses got our efforts off to a great start. Thank you to Sean Mott and the employees at Hilltop Redemption for all their help in making the drive such a success.

Many Skaneateles area residents donated their bottles to “Julian’s account.” Thank you to Maggie Thomson for offering her home as an alternate drop off. Our drive was extended to Onondaga Hill due to the efforts of West Genesee students Cathryn Erhard and Matt McDonald. To the many individuals who made a cash donation, thank you for your generosity as well.

To the children who talked about the drive in their classrooms, and handed out flyers door to door, thank you for spreading the word to our community. Finally thank you to the many children and parents who spent a cold and drizzly November morning sorting thousands of bottles and cans.

Our drive was a great success. With the help of so many working together we were able to raise over $1,800 for construction materials. Julian’s project is in the home stretch!



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