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Local business owner steps up to help cancer-stricken child

Peg and Bob Natoli present Kristi Ross with a check for $9,900. Natoli set two Guinness world records on Thursday. He dedicated the event to Julian Ross, a seven-year-old Oswego boy with cancer. For each step-up Natoli completed, he donated $100 to the Ross family to help complete their home addition.
Peg and Bob Natoli present Kristi Ross with a check for $9,900. Natoli set two Guinness world records on Thursday. He dedicated the event to Julian Ross, a seven-year-old Oswego boy with cancer. For each step-up Natoli completed, he donated $100 to the Ross family to help complete their home addition.

by Nicole Reitz

Native Oswegonian Bob Natoli set two new Guinness World records Thursday. His two newest awards make him a eight-time world record holder.

Natoli has six previous records in the category of strength and fitness. He dedicated his most recent attempts to Julian Ross, a seven-year-old with Stage IV Neuroblastoma.

Natoli, the owner of Timebuyer, was made aware of Julian’s story by his daughter, who read about Julian on Facebook. He took a personal interest in the Ross family and gifted them with a minivan in December. The van has since been used to travel back and forth to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In an effort to raise money for the Ross family and awareness of childhood cancer, Natoli took on Paddy Doyle of the United Kingdom — the most prolific strength and fitness record setter in Guinness World Record history.

In a gym set up at the offices of Timebuyer, Natoli attempted to break the record for Most Step-ups in one-minute with a 40 pound pack.

Natoli had to beat the previous record of 41 steps accomplished by Doyle in 2011. In the span of one minute, Natoli completed 52 repetitions, making him the new record holder.

After taking a break to stretch his legs and hydrate himself with coconut water, Natoli was ready to take on his second challenge, attempting the world record for most step-ups in one minute with a 60 pound pack.

The record was also held by Doyle with 35 step ups. Natoli successfully beat the world record with 47 repetitions even with switching legs part way through the attempt.

His wife Peggy and son cheered him on from the front row.

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Julian Ross visited by troops, promoted to rank of ‘sergeant’

Major Darrick Gutting presents Julian Ross with a St. Michaels medallion, a reminder of strength and security. Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division visited Ross and presented him with a plaque to commemorate his appointment to “honorary sergeant.”
Major Darrick Gutting presents Julian Ross with a St. Michaels medallion, a reminder of strength and security. Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division visited Ross and presented him with a plaque to commemorate his appointment to “honorary sergeant.”

by Nicole Reitz

Tuesday, Julian Ross, a second grader battling cancer for more than a year, was visited at home by Senator Patty Ritchie and troops from Ft. Drum’s 10th Mountain Division.

Ritchie arranged a visit with the Ross family after learning of seven year-old Julian’s interest in all things military. Julian comes from a military-based family. His grandfather was in the military as well many of his mother Kristi’s  uncles and cousins. His uncle was serving in Iraq, but got discharged after being injured.

During the visit, Julian was appointed an honorary “sergeant” by members of the 10th Mountain Division. A proclamation was read of his promotion, which was presented to Ross for his “outstanding bravery when faced with challenges.”

He was also presented with gifts donated by soldiers and various groups at Fort Drum. Among the gifts were identification tags, a patrol cap, camouflage backpack with division memorabilia, a uniform and a St. Michaels medallion. He was also give a 10th Mountain Division hooded sweatshirt with sergeant stripes to keep warm during his trips to the hospital.

Julian changed out of his West Point jacket to change into his new uniform. His mother Kristi said that she can never get her son to take off that jacket. The soldiers and Ritchie took pictures with Julian, and the family dog, Cadence.

His mother teased that as a sergeant, Julian will have a higher rank than his Uncle Bruno. His uncle will be married this Dec. 29, and Julian is in the wedding.

Julian has expressed interest in being a helicopter pilot. The family visited a military base in Norfolk, Va. over the summer. Julian’s name was put on the side of a helicopter. Steve Ross, Julian’s father, said that from his understanding, the same helicopter is now deployed out in the Persian Gulf.

Julian’s mother Kristi explained how excited Julian was of the visit, but was rundown from emergency surgery he had over the weekend.

The visit came one day after he was released from the hospital and he is fighting four infections.

Sergeant Ross was curious as to whether the Ft. Drum had tanks. He was given an open invitation to visit Watertown’s military base to get a tour.

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Operation Upstairs Downstairs now underway for Julian Ross

Operation Upstairs Downstairsby Nicole Reitz

Julian Ross of Oswego, who accepted a van from Bob and Peg Natoli of Timebuyer last week, has another item on his bucket list that will soon be checked off.

Julian, a seven-year old boy with cancer, made a 12-item bucket list of dreams he wanted to see in his lifetime. On the top of that list was to have a house where his bedroom was on the second story. The problem is, the Ross family lives in a one-story home on County Route 20 in Oswego.

Julian has dreamed of having an upstairs bedroom since he was three, after visiting cousins who live in a two-story modular home. “At the time, he didn’t know houses came like that,” said his mother Kristi Ross. “He thought it felt like a tree house.”

The Ross family lives in a three-bedroom house with two baths, one of which is broken. Before getting sick, Julian shared a small room with his little brother, Brayden, and their older son had his own room.

Aside from needing his own space for medical reasons, Julian also wants a upstairs/downstairs house so that his teenage brother, Alex, can have his own room again. Currently, Alex is living with his grandparents in Mexico, where he attends high school.

The 26 x 26 addition will include two upstairs bedrooms, a handicap accessible bathroom, and a one car garage. The upstairs bedrooms will be separated by a half wall for Julian and Brayden.

The architects have included a slide that will run from Julian’s room to the downstairs. A room downstairs will serve as a recreation room where Julian can bond with his brothers.

“A one-car garage will allow Julian to stay safe from the elements,” his mother said. “He has gotten sick multiple times from being outside, walking in from the house in the cold and rain.”

The project began in October and is being spear headed by Jessica Hofschulte and Nancy Rynkiewicz of Marcellus. Hofschulte got to know the Ross family by including Julian in a summer carnival fund-raiser for both him and Sadie Wilson.

Hofschulpe, who tutors in the Oswego and Mexico school District for homebound kids, became Julian’s tutor.

Rynkiewicz became involved after she came across Julian’s story on Facebook on the fifth anniversary of her own son’s death to neuroblastoma. Rynkiewicz extended moral support to Kristi.

Together, Hofschulte and Rynkiewicz have been raising money for Operation Upstairs Downstairs house. Around $6,000 has been raised so far for the house project from a cumulation of events, including a Gertrude Hawk fund-raiser and an Oswego State walk and can drive.

A can drive is ongoing at Great Lakes Redemption Center at both Oswego locations, 181 Gardenier Road and next to Garafalo’s on the east side. Cans for Julian will be accepted at six cents a bottle or can.

According to Kristi, $5,500 has already been spent on the first floor. Hofschulte says that the project is estimated at $70,000 for materials alone, but could be more after delivery costs and renting machinery.

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Second grader Julian Ross sits in the front seat of his family’s new minivan, donated by Timebuyer owners Bob and Peg Natoli. Julian was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and has since undergone a series of scans, transfusions and chemotherapy treatments. He wished for a van that had automatic doors, sunshades, an air conditioner and a television. To be updated about Julian’s condition, visit www.juliansjoust.com.

Seven year old checks item off his bucket list

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Second grader Julian Ross sits in the front seat of his family’s new minivan, donated by Timebuyer owners Bob and Peg Natoli. Julian was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and has since undergone a series of scans, transfusions and chemotherapy treatments. He wished for a van that had automatic doors, sunshades, an air conditioner and a television. To be updated about Julian’s condition, visit www.juliansjoust.com.

by Nicole Reitz

Julian Ross, a second grader in Oswego, likes to play with his brothers as well as his Nintendo DS and he has a fascination with all things military.

He is also fighting stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer.

The cancer started in Julian’s adrenal gland and has spread throughout his body. He has been battling cancer since he was diagnosed Aug. 4, 2011.

Since then, Julian has had multiple surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, scans, transfusions, bone marrow aspirations, and a stem cell transplant in May.

The Ross family makes monthly visits to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for rounds of experimental treatment and Julian is often admitted to the hospital.

Julian’s parents, Steve and Kristi, tried to explain to their son what is happening to his body the best they can by using age appropriate language. Since Julian’s dreams of being in the service, his parents told him that his cancer is the “bad army” and that the “good army,” or treatment, will help him beat the war going on inside him.

Thinking of this explanation, Julian expressed that he didn’t want any other kid to get his “bad army.” With the help of his parents, Julian came up with a dozen items on his own personal bucket list, experiences that are important and special to him.

One item in the top five was to have a van with automatic doors, sunshades, air conditioning and a television. The Ross’s family van is old and rusted, without heat and running on 120,000 miles.

Bob Natoli, owner of Timebuyer, was made aware of Julian’s story by his daughter, who read about Julian on Facebook. Natoli read that number four on Julian’s bucket list was a new van and he realized that he could help the Ross’s with that pursuit.

Natoli and his wife, Peg, presented the Ross family with a personal donation of a 2006 Chrysler minivan Monday at Timebuyer in Oswego. The van is valued at about $8,200 and will allow Julian to be more comfortable when traveling back and forth for therapy.

The vehicle is fashioned for a wheelchair, if Julian should ever need one.

“When I heard about the Ross’s plight, my heart went out to them immediately,” said Natoli. “The worst thing in the world has to be having a sick child. We pray for his recovery.”

Natoli also wanted to assist Julian and the family further by helping them get publicity for their own needs and because Julian is interested in helping other’s fight their own battle against cancer.

Steve, Julian’s father, was overwhelmed with Natoli’s kindness and generosity. Not only will the new minivan get better mileage, but also be safer for Julian. The family’s old van didn’t have heat in the back and Julian’s compromised immune system makes him vulnerable to illness.

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