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home : news : north central illinois   May 29, 2016

9/9/2013 9:42:00 AM
St. Bede students come through in a big way for BV girl


Cora Peters of Walnut, wearing a gray sleeveless top and joined by members of the Rosploch family, appears with St. Bede students who raised funds for Cora to make a trip to Hawaii, tentatively planned for late October. Cora is battling a soft-tissue cancer and the Rosplochs, whom she knows through St. Jude’s Hospital, made known Cora’s dream vacation. The Bruins took it from there, raising $7,300 presented Friday during halftime at the St. Bede-Bureau Valley game. At the left and right of the sign are St. Bede students Kyle Kapraun and Chris Sampson, respectively.Submitted photo
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Cora Peters of Walnut, wearing a gray sleeveless top and joined by members of the Rosploch family, appears with St. Bede students who raised funds for Cora to make a trip to Hawaii, tentatively planned for late October. Cora is battling a soft-tissue cancer and the Rosplochs, whom she knows through St. Jude’s Hospital, made known Cora’s dream vacation. The Bruins took it from there, raising $7,300 presented Friday during halftime at the St. Bede-Bureau Valley game. At the left and right of the sign are St. Bede students Kyle Kapraun and Chris Sampson, respectively.

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Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter



Cora Peters was on hand Friday night to watch Bureau Valley lose a squeaker to St. Bede Academy — and, sure enough, there were plenty of tears.
But they were tears of joy that had nothing to do with the game’s outcome. At halftime, Cora was presented with a check for $7,300 to splurge on whatever she wishes. Cora is battling cancer and wants to make her dream trip to Hawaii.
St. Bede students are making it happen. A T-shirt fundraiser has enabled the Bruins to shower Cora with love, applause and a round-trip ticket to the Aloha State.
“It was very humbling and we’re very grateful,” Cora’s mother, Karen Peters, said today from their Walnut home, where Cora was resting and unavailable for comment.
“Their compassion and their love just showed through Friday night,” she said. “Cora had an amazing time. It was very cool.”
Cora is battling synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer in her spine. She was first diagnosed in late 2009 and was in remission the following spring.
However, the cancer returned in early 2011 and she’s since been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments in Peoria. The resulting nausea and fatigue have forced her to study at home and not at Bureau Valley, where the entire community has been helpful and supportive.
The dream trip to Hawaii, which should happen later this fall, was a group effort that started with Mike and Maria Rosploch, though the La Salle couple was in no hurry to take credit for Cora’s gift.
The Rosplochs have come to know the Peters from St. Jude’s, where both Cora and Lily Rosploch receive treatment for their respective ailments. Mike Rosploch noted that at St. Jude’s “you’re just one big family” and that Cora conversationally noted she’d like to go whale-watching in Hawaii.
Mike and Maria had themselves been bowled over by the “Rally for Lily” effort launched to help their daughter, and thus put out the word that Cora had a wish that could be fulfilled.
“We’ve been on the receiving end for a year and a half, so to help out somebody else, it’s a good feeling,” Mike Rosploch said. “The (St. Bede) kids just did a phenomenal job.”
Two students, in particular, get the credit. Mike Rosploch discreetly inquired if anyone would be willing to undertake a fundraiser completed in time for the Bureau Valley game and was directed to seniors Chris Sampson of Peru, president of St. Bede’s Interact Club, and Christine Daley of Oglesby, president of SBA student government.
Chris and Christine both were willing and, in the third week of August, went to St. Bede athletic director Tom McGunnigal to get his approval. McGunnigal immediately gave his blessing.
“And I knew they would do a great job with it,” he said. “Any time we can use the students to spread the message of St. Bede and to receive everyone as Christ it’s a no-brainer.”
Chris and Christine approached Creative Apparel and got customized, reduced-cost T-shirts for $2.50, which they sold for $10. The response was brisk and moving.
“Some people would just come up to the table and give us money even if they weren’t going to buy a shirt,” Chris said. “It felt amazing. It was just great to see the difference you can make.”
Within two weeks, the T-shirt sales yielded nearly $7,000 and a 50-50 drawing chipped in the remainder. Christine anticipated Friday’s presentation would come as a welcome surprise, but nothing prepared her for the emotional response they received.
“It was overwhelming,” Christine said. “I was actually crying hugging Cora and her mother. And seeing their smiles and gratitude was just amazing.”

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com.












Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013
Article comment by: jabberjaws

What a wonderful thing to do, St. Bede. Thank you for helping Cora. Young people doing great things!

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