By Michael Koff
GUILDERLAND — The Westmere Fire Department is holding a jewelry sale to help a gem of a little boy — Cooper Lare — who is battling a rare form of cancer.
The sale is on March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Westmere’s new firehouse at 1741 Western Ave. The Silpada jewelry party will raise money for Lare, whose father is Guilderland Center’s past chief, Josh Lare.
Josh Lare and his wife, Cristen, took their son to the Albany Medical Center emergency room on Veterans Day for what was found to be a rare cancer — Rhabdomyosarcoma, that had caused a large tumor to grow in his stomach.
Because of the escalating costs of chemotherapy treatments and other medical costs that insurance can’t pay, the fire department is stepping up.
“So please bring your hearts and show how much the community cares about Cooper,” said Westmere Chief David Szary. “All of the proceeds will go straight to help Cooper. We hope to see everyone there.”
If you cannot attend on March 9, there is a website to purchase jewelry, which will go to help the Lares: www.mysilpada.com/shelly.melius; donors must mark “Cooper Lare” as the host so that all the money can go straight to him.
Editor’s note: Michael Koff is the first vice president of the Westmere Fire Department, and is also the staff photographer for The Altamont Enterprise.