TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) -- A local boy battling cancer continues to receive treatments more than a year after being diagnosed.
Cooper Busch was surrounded by his family Tuesday, after he received yet another dose of platelets.
"If he did not get platelets twice a week, he would bleed to death," Cooper's mother, Tara Busch said.
Nearly a dozen times a month Cooper is in a hospital, getting either blood transfusions, or platelets after he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in November 2016.
Platelets help stop bleeding by clumping and clotting blood vessels. It's something Cooper needs in order to keep his body under control. The 3 year-old has been receiving platelets since the fall, after he relapsed over the summer.
It hasn't been an easy process for the Busch family, as they have to travel to Syracuse in order for Cooper to receive the treatments.
"A typical day for us, it's all day, it's an all day process, there is no up and back, it's never happened," Busch said.
Despite the long days, and major headaches, it hasn't slowed down the family's spirit. In fact, it's brought them closer together, and it's an experience they are learning from everyday.
"People say you could be a nurse now, and I mean I could never be a nurse," Busch said. "My husband is amazing. He was actually giving Cooper IV antibiotics over the week so that we could get out of the hospital right after Christmas."
The Busch family wants to thank those who have donated blood and platelets to those who need them. They also continue to thank the community for its support throughout this difficult process.