Art Boden and son Dan were renting parking spaces this morning at The Bank of Cooperstown, which provided the space to raise funds for Friends Helping Friends, an group that grew out of a community effort to raise funds for Art at the height of his fight against cancer two years ago. Art expected to rent out 30 spaces at $20 apiece each of Induction Weekend’s two days, netting more than $1,000 for the community group. At left, by 10 a.m. today, folding chairs lined the Main Street route of the Parade of Legends, which steps off at 6 p.m. this evening between the Chestnut Street fire hall at the Hall of Fame. The 60-some Hall of Famers, including the five soon-to-be Hall of Famers, will be carried along the route in Ford pickups provided by Smith Cooperstown. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
After sharing his story of survival and endurance when cancer struck at age 49, Art Boden, popular manager of New York Pizza in Coopertown, leads cancer survivors on the first lap of the Otsego County Relay for Life this morning at Milford’s Wilber Park. To the left of Art is Allison Wilber, the Relay leader this year. Boden’s family, dad Art Jr. (Art himself is III), stepdaughter Brianna Brass, daughter Emily and son Daniel were on hand, sometimes tearfully, at they reflected on their father’s ordeal. At left, Cooperstown’s Joanne O’Brien smiles as Boden single her out during his keynote: He ran into her at Taylor’s earlier this week and was inspired by her optimism. Unable to stage the Relay this year at the traditional site, Dreams Park, or the Clark Sports Center, the fundraiser relocated to Milford at the invitation of the new village mayor, Brian Pokorny. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – For years now, Art Boden has maintained a high profile as the cheerful and customer-focus general manager of New York Pizza.
In recent days, friends and loyal customers have been shocked to learn that Art, just 49, is fighting cancer: Stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
He will require treatment here at Bassett, and also at Strong Memorial in Rochester, and yesterday Brent Knauss and other friends launched a fund drive to help Art meet the financial challenges of rigorous treatment.