Super Cooper Saves the Day
Written & Illustrated by Russell Richardson
In late September, a Room to Heal / Make-A-Wish volunteer asked if I could illustrate a poster for a sick little boy. She explained that 4-year old Cooper Busch was born with Down Syndrome and is battling Leukemia. My heart strings sufficiently tugged, I offered to create a book instead–one which would not only celebrate Cooper, but could be used as a fund-raising tool.
Super Cooper Saves the Day is the result. Please purchase a copy and share it with the early readers in your life. All proceeds go directly to Cooper’s family.
From the description:
A little boy with a big personality…that is Cooper! Cooper Busch is a lovable, energetic 4-year-old boy who was born with Down Syndrome. In November 2016 he was diagnosed with Acute Myelod Leukemia. Although his treatment includes multiple blood transfusions and chemotherapy at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, Cooper is full of life and energy, living up to his nickname, “Super Cooper.” Cooper’s crew of community supporters has rallied behind this brave little boy by organizing fundraisers, sending in meals for the family, creating and selling Super Cooper t-shirts and so much more. Upon hearing Cooper’s story, local artist Russell Richardson offered to create this very special book, with proceeds of the book sales going to the Busch family. Cooper lives with parents, Tara and Steve Busch, his brother Cole and his sister Hope. He loves swimming, cars, trucks and motorcycles, books, and superheroes like himself.
On a bizarre side note: Cooper and I share a birthday. Perhaps we were cosmically drawn to each other!
I will be signing copies of Super Cooper at Shop 607 at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY, December 10th at 1pm. The book will be available for sale, but supplies are limited, so arrive early if you need a copy. I’m told the in-store price is $10, which is cheaper than Amazon’s rate, although the family receives the same royalty amount. I hope to see you there!