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home : news : local   April 29, 2016

11/14/2012 9:19:00 AM
Math-A-Thon raises funds for St. Jude, supports Lily


Maria Rosploch, a teacher at Northwest Elementary School, La Salle, (right) presents Finn Wagner, a second-grader, with a T-shirt on Tuesday morning. Wagner was one of many students who participated in the school’s annual St. Jude Math-A-Thon fundraiser, which raised money for St. Jude Research Hospital. Rosploch’s daughter, Lily, has recently undergone treatment at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Peoria.NewsTribune photos/Matthew Baker
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Maria Rosploch, a teacher at Northwest Elementary School, La Salle, (right) presents Finn Wagner, a second-grader, with a T-shirt on Tuesday morning. Wagner was one of many students who participated in the school’s annual St. Jude Math-A-Thon fundraiser, which raised money for St. Jude Research Hospital. Rosploch’s daughter, Lily, has recently undergone treatment at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Peoria.
NewsTribune photos/Matthew Baker
Matthew Baker
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Students at Northwest Elementary School, La Salle have been doing math to help others this fall.

More than $3,400 was raised through the annual St. Jude Math-A-Thon at the school, in which students seek donations and raise money by solving math problems to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This year the students raised more than four times more than last year, said second-grade teacher Sharon Lamps.

Their success may have been motivated by having a local face to connect with the cause. Lily Rosploch, 3, who has become the focus of numerous benefits this year, would have been in preschool in the La Salle school district this year; meanwhile her mother, Maria, teaches in the second grade at Northwest.

Lily wasn’t enrolled in school because she has been battling cancerous neuroblastoma. She recently returned home from her final chemotherapy treatment at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Peoria.

“She’s a tough girl,” her mother said.

Maria said her family has been grateful for the support they’ve received from the community during this difficult time.

“It’s awesome. We are very appreciative and humbled by the support we’ve gotten from the community,” she said.

After a ceremony in which students who raised money during the Math-A-Thon were honored, Lamps took those students outside to tie purple ribbons in support of Lily on trees around the school grounds.










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