(WBNG Binghamton) A raffle to fund the fight against cancer is has been going on all month. Beth Shumaker.stoped by to talk about how you can help.
Drive a Dream Car! That's what the parents of Sean Shumaker wanted for his 21st birthday, 10 months before he passed away from a long battle with cancer. Now a lime green, one of Shumaker's favorite colors, 2011 Special Edition Synergy Chevy Camaro will be raffled off in his honor and to kick-start a foundation created in his name.
Sean's Standing Strong Memorial Fund has been formed for the purpose of assisting young people affected by cancer. It will provide financial assistance toward educational pursuits or participation in recreational activities where the young person's illness creates a barrier to leading a full and meaningful life.
This raffle 'event' will be the annual fundraiser created by Shumaker's family and friends. Three hundred (300) tickets for the car will be sold at $150 each from February 8 through March 30th, 2013. Tickets can be purchased at Botnick Chevrolet, 179 Front Street in Binghamton, 13905 or by calling 607-222-9341. The Winner will be drawn on March 30th at 2pm and announced at a Tailgate Party at Botnick Chevrolet.
Proceeds of the raffle will benefit in its entirety Sean's Standing Strong Memorial Fund and The Magic Paintbrush Project's workshops serving medically fragile children and young adults.
More About Sean Shumaker
In 1998, Hillcrest resident Sean Shumaker was just 8 years old when he was diagnosed with childhood leukemia. After almost 2 years of treatment with numerous chemotherapies and other drugs at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, the leukemia came back and subsequently, he then needed another 2 years of treatment, including cranial radiation before he was cured of this horrible disease.
Little did anyone know that in the future, at the age of 17 and now in high school, in 2007, Sean would encounter this disease once again in the form of brain cancer, shown to be a direct result from the treatment from his earlier leukemia. But that didn't stop Sean. After finding the right hospital & doctors at Duke University in North Carolina, Sean continued his fight with 18 months of chemotherapy and radiation, all while attending high school, college and living his life. Everyone thought the battle had been won!
However, after being off treatment and in remission for one year, the cancer reappeared and challenged him once again. Sadly his fight against this devastating disease came to an end at the age of 21, on January 10th, 2012.
Throughout his life and struggles, Sean remained an inspiration to so many, friends, family and whoever he came into contact with. He maintained an upbeat attitude with a quirky sense of humor. He continued to believe