ALBANY, N.Y. (WBNG) -- 12 News is in Albany on Wednesday, where State Senator Fred Akshar, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo join other lawmakers to announce the second Annual Sock Out Cancer Day in New York State.
This year’s day of awareness will culminate with a benefit concert featuring William Close and The Earth Harp Collective at the Palace Theatre in Albany on May 8.
State Senator Akshar said coming together to help fight cancer shows no partisanship. "Not caring if we're conservative or liberal, not caring if we're republican or democrat is a very good feeling," said Akshar.
For Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, the concert is the "most amazing concert experience," Sock Out Cancer hits close to home.
"I lost both my parents to cancer so it's personal to me. I know what my family went through," said Lupardo.
During the proclamation, at the State Capitol Building, State Senator Akshar informed the Albany area about Cooper Busch, the local 4-year-old boy battling acute myeloid leukemia, in addition to down syndrome.
"I want to give a huge shoutout to Cooper Busch," emphasized Akshar. 'We love him and we are rooting for him & Tara and Steve and Cole and Hope you're all in our prayers."
All proceeds from the socks sold at the concert will go to the family to help with medical costs. You can also call 607-338-SOCK to buy a pair of socks, or request tickets special tickets to the Binghamton concert for those who have or are battling cancer.
Sock Out Cancer is a community effort to benefit families of those battling cancer, with partners including Capital Bank, SEFCU, Tri City Rentals, Chemung Canal Trust Company, Visions Federal Credit Union and Security Mutual Life Insurance and WBNG-TV.
Wednesday's 10 a.m. news conference was streamed live on our Facebook page and can be viewed below.