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Skaneateles, Marcellus raise money for family in need

Empty container drive to help Julian Ross check the top item off his 'bucket list'

Volunteers sort bottles in the back of Hilltop Redemption Center on Saturday Nov. 2. People in Marcellus and Skaneateles have been donating 6 cents per container to help Julian Ross and his family check the top item off his ‘bucket list.’

Volunteers sort bottles in the back of Hilltop Redemption Center on Saturday Nov. 2. People in Marcellus and Skaneateles have been donating 6 cents per container to help Julian Ross and his family check the top item off his ‘bucket list.’ Photo by Joe Genco.

For about a year, people in Skaneateles and Marcellus have been collecting bottles and cans to help an 8-year old child with cancer check an item off his “bucket list.”

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers in Skaneateles, the ongoing fundraising effort was reinvigorated last week with residents, businesses and third grade students all pitching in to raise more money for the Ross family of Oswego.

Julian Ross was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that attacks the body’s nervous system, in 2011. With Julian it first developed in his adrenal gland and spread to his stomach.

After his diagnosis, Julian made a bucket list of things he’d like to do. His number one item on the list was to have an “upstairs downstairs house,” or to have an addition put on his family’s house so that he could have a new second-floor bedroom. The full list is available on juliansjoust.com, a website maintained by his family to give updates on his condition and tell his story.

Though the family submitted the idea to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, they replied that they can not grant wishes that deal with real estate. However, the family has been able to plan and start construction of a two bedroom, one bathroom addition to their house thanks to the generosity various people and groups from around Central New York.

Two local architects, Bob Eggleston, of Skaneateles, and Rich Krenzer, of Marcellus, drew up blueprints for the family and they were able to break ground on the project in November of 2012.

The addition is still in progress, and the family still needs all the donations they can get to be able to finish it as soon as possible.

To support the Ross family, Nancy Rynkiewicz, of Marcellus, struck up a partnership with Hilltop Redemption Center in Skaneateles about a year ago — anyone who says they want to donate their deposits to Julian’s account would get 6 cents per container.

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