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Hundreds help to 'Sock Out Cancer' in Albany

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WBNG) -- The capital region was able to Sock Out Cancer for the first time on Tuesday night.

Many got their pair of Sock Out Cancer socks and heard the music from William Close and the Earth Harp Collective at the Palace Theatre. Some traveled far just to be there.

"We're all effected by cancer," said Marilyn O'Connor, who traveled more than four hours from Medina, New York. "I've been waiting to see him for years, ever since I saw him on America's Got Talent."

The initiative started in Binghamton and will return to the Forum Theatre on Friday night, at 8 p.m. For William Close it's an event that hits home.

"I'm a believer in Socking Out Cancer," said Close. "It's certainly affected people in my family and it effects people all over the world."

Close hopes that one day cancer won't exist, but until then will continue to strum his famous Earth Harp, and play unique instruments with other musicians, in efforts to help the cause.

This year, money raised from sock sales at Friday's concert and over the phone will go to help the Busch family, in honor of four-year-old Cooper Busch who passed away on Sunday after a long battle.

"We wanted to do something special for our local super hero," said Security Mutual Life CEO Bruce Boyea. "One of the things we did in connection with Sock Out Cancer is we created a special line 338-SOCK, and all those net proceeds will go to the Busch family."

There are tickets set aside for Friday's show for cancer patients and survivors. To inquire about that, you can also call (607) 338-SOCK. 

Tickets for the concert are on sale and can be purchased here.

Boyea also added that starting Wednesday night into the weekend, the Security Mutual Life building in Binghamton will be lit up in red, blue and yellow in honor of Super Cooper.

Learn more about the Sock Out Cancer campaign by visiting

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