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In honor of Lily, the Rosplochs are organizing their second annual toy drive for St. Jude patients, “Toys for Joy.” Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at R&R Landscaping in La Salle by Dec. 15. “That’s our way of giving back a little bit,” Mike Rosploch said, adding the family is grateful for the care Lily received from St. Jude affiliates.
There are no words to describe how Mike and Maria Rosploch of La Salle felt when they got word on Thursday that their 4-year-old daughter Lily is now cancer-free.
“Happy” and “relieved” don’t seem to do it justice. Even “ecstatic” is not strong enough. “I don’t know how I feel, because I’ve never felt this good in my whole life,” Mike Rosploch said.
The family was scheduled to meet with doctors in Peoria on Friday to review the results of several scans Lily had last week, but the doctor called and said there was no need — it was all good news.
To say the family is relieved would be an understatement.
“It’s been a very long road, a very tough road,” Mike Rosploch said. “To be able to keep a positive attitude day in and day out — it was excruciating.”
Lily was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in June 2012, and has garnered much support from the community in the form of fundraisers, cards, pictures and prayers. The Facebook page “Rally for Lily” has more than 16,000 followers. Mike Rosploch expressed his gratitude for the “incredible” outpouring of support.
“You just knew that there were so many people that were pulling for her and just loved her,” he said. “And a lot of them haven’t even met her.”
A video of Lily saying “No more cancer” announced the news to friends and supporters via Facebook on Friday. Lily is now on a 5-year check-up schedule to make sure the cancer stays gone, but the family is beyond pleased at this point.
Maria Rosploch said the family is enjoying every day a little more than the one before. “We have a lot to be thankful for,” she said.
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