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West Orange Rallies to Support West Orange High School Senior Battling Leukemia

Paige Cooper (l) started a GoFundMe page to help friend Jimmy Tiernan (r) in his battle with leukemia. Credits: Paige Cooper via GoFundMe

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Adding to numerous fundraisers started on his behalf, a local pizzeria says it's dollar-a-slice event was a huge success.

Santo Castronovo, the owner of Fortissimo Osteria/Pizzeria held the event to help his delivery driver, Jimmy Tiernan, in his battle with leukemia. Tiernan is a senior at West Orange High School, and had just recently had a bone marrow transplant. He had first been diagnosed with the disease in December 2011. He will miss his prom and graduation because of the operation.

According to Francesco Castronovo, Santo's son, "The event we held for Jimmy went amazing!  We raised $1,500." 

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It was one of many fundraisers being held to help the WOHS senior. In February, Paige Cooper, a long-time friend and former classmate of Tiernan's, started a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for her friend. (link here).

Cooper says on the page, "He is always looking on the bright side of things and I am hoping to return the favor by helping him and his family." To date, the site has raised over $7,300 of a $25,000 goal.

In addition, Cooper arranged for production of orange wristbands, which are available at Mark and Julie's Ice Cream Shop at 476 Pleasant Valley Way for $5. The bands have "Team Jimmy" on one side, and "no one fights alone" on the reverse. Over $1,500 has been raised through those sales to date.

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