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"Super Cooper" Gets Surprise Visit From Metro SWAT Team

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The Chenango Bridge boy known as "Super Cooper" got a surprise visit from a few of his heroes Wednesday afternoon.

“This is a unique experience that we couldn’t have even imagined giving him.” - Tara Busch, Super Cooper's mom

Fifteen officers from the Metro SWAT Team paid a visit to 4-year-old Cooper Busch at his home, showing Cooper and his 7-year-old brother, Cole, the inside of the truck and letting them try on the equipment.

“We got to show them some of the personal protective gear that we have, helmet shields, they got to sit in the truck, work the lights and sirens.” - Brad Kaczynski, Binghamton Police Patrolman

Kaczynski contacted Cooper's mom, Tara, after the Binghamton Police Department decided this year's annual Police Week Charity Basketball Tournament would benefit the Busch family. He suggested the idea of the SWAT Team stopping by the family's home after hearing Cooper and Cole were big fans of law enforcement.

“He’s a special kid. You feel bad, you want to do whatever you can to help the family out, so I figured the least we can do is take some time out of our day, swing by with the truck, spend a little time with him, make them feel a little better. It’s good all the way around.”

"Super Cooper" earned his nickname from his tough battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Cooper was born with down syndrome and was diagnosed with the rare cancer that affects bone marrow and blood in November of 2016.

After four rounds of chemotherapy, he went into remission in May of 2017. Unfortunately, his cancer returned in July.

“The latest treatment that he was just in the hospital for, for 42 days, it didn’t work.”

His mom said he's now terminal, but doctors tell her they can't pinpoint how much time he has left since he's already defied the odds.

“He’s lived longer than anybody expected after relapsing from AML. The average I guess is 6 months, so he’s already past that point.”

Now, the Busch family is focusing on checking things off of Cooper's bucket list.

“We’re gonna keep doing activities like this that are fun and just your wildest dreams come true. People fall in love with him based on that contagious laugh and his infectious smile and his spirit, and that’s what keeps him going, keeps us going, and keeps the whole community going.”

The annual Police Week Charity Basketball Tournament is set for Saturday, May 12th, and all proceeds will go straight to Super Cooper and his family. The event starts at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church at 9 Leroy Street in Binghamton.