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Blood drive held in memory of Super Cooper

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VILLAGE OF HILLCREST (WBNG) -- Community members gathered in the village of Hillcrest Tuesday to honor the memory of Cooper Busch.

The Busch family teamed up with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive in memory of Super Cooper.

Dozens flocked to the American Legion to give back in the name of a boy who inspired numerous people across the Southern Tier.

Family members say that donating blood not only saves lives, but can help in other ways as well.

"Sometimes they had to actually go to Rochester to get it because of the shortage of it, " said Cooper Busch's mother, Tara Busch.

"So we would have to wait a really long time at the hospital for the blood. So a two hour infusion would end up taking eight hours of our day. So having that blood on hand definitely helps patients a lot."

Those who donated blood in honor of Cooper received a free Super Cooper socks. The Busch family hoped to collect 25 units of blood which has the potential to save 75 lives.

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