What makes us unique?
A personal touch by cancer survivor and founder Chloe Petersen helps bring first hand knowledge of the difficulties involved with cancer treatment and research. We hope to continue the path that so many other foundations have laid before us in helping to find a cure.
Chloe Petersen was diagnosed with kidney cancer at the age of one when she went in for her one-year check up. For the next few years, she battled stage two kidney cancer and went through life threatening surgeries that were treated with chemotherapy. She was able to survive the cancer and by age six, she was 100% cured thanks to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Ever since she was given her life back, Chloe had a new goal - play Division I softball. Throughout her high school years, she trained and studied hard and by the beginning of her junior year, she was accepted and given a scholarship to play softball at the University of Kansas. She accomplished her dream, but still had two years left until college. Then, a new dream crossed her mind. She wanted to give back to the people who made it possible for her to play the sport she loved- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This is when Hits for the Cure was created. At first, it was just a vision with little hopes of accomplishing it, but thanks to her supportive family, coaches, and team, Chloe was able to make this into something bigger than she would have ever dreamed possible. The whole idea behind Hits for the Cure is using the talents you were given to help give back to those less fortunate. Then maybe one day that person who you helped cure will be able to do the same thing for someone else.
Chloe Petersen enlisted the help of her Irish teammates and coaches to help kick start her charity at Peoria Notre Dame. Hits for the Cure got its start during the 2015 softball and baseball season. Both the softball and baseball Varsity, J.V., and Freshman teams took part in this fundraiser. By the end of the year, the teams raised a total of $21,323.14.
Chloe wanted to expand the charity and reached out to Peoria Notre Dame rival Metamora softball to take part in the fundraiser. The two teams got together for a Hits for the Cure Charity Game and had fun competing on the field and working together off the field to raise money for childhood cancer research. Both teams also went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Peoria, Illinois to tour the facilities and play with the children of St. Jude. What really “hit home” was seeing where the money they were raising was going towards. At the end of the season Metamora and Peoria Notre Dame both experienced tremendous success and in total raised around $20,000.
Hits for the Cure is on the rise and continuing to expand throughout Central Illinois. So far Chloe has recruited Peoria Notre Dame, Metamora, Dunlap, Morton, Farmington, and IVC to take part in Hits for the Cure’s third year! We are excited to see what drive these teams will have and are confident in bringing in another season of success. On April 29, Hits for the Cure is excited to announce its enormous event of the season that will take place at the Louisville Slugger Complex. All the teams participating this year will be playing along with the addition of a little extra competition from outside teams. Keep watching the “Latest News” and Hits for the Cure Facebook page for more information on what’s to come!
Hits for the Cure now has 13 teams participating in the season long fundraiser: PND, Metamora, Morton, Dunlap, Farmington, IVC, Canton, Peoria Christian, Brimfield, Bloomington Central Catholic, QND, Alton Marquette, and Marengo. In addition, we have the University of Illinois participating! This year should be the breakthrough year for HFC with the annual event being April 27-28.
How it works: The goal is to raise as much money as possible by finding sponsors and helping your team get as many hits as possible.
Quinn Pallardy is a current Junior at Peoria Notre Dame High School and the program’s top fundraiser for Hits for the Cure last season. Her enormous heart along with her incredible work ethic shined through throughout the entire softball season. Along with awarding her a bat, we also got a chance to interview her about Read more about Interview with 2017 Bat Winner, Quinn Pallardy[…]
We absolutely loved going to visit the amazing children at St. Jude! Check out our photo gallery & flickr to see more awesome photos and memories from that special day!
For every team that participates, Hits for the Cure advises the team to have a dedicated “representative”. The representative is assigned to be in charge of the tasks involved in carrying out the fundraiser. Frankie Boley was Peoria Notre Dame’s representative in the 2016 softball season. We decided to ask her a few questions Read more about Frankie Boley Shares Her Journey as the PND 2016 Representative[…]
Metamora met Notre Dame on April 16, 2016 to compete in a doubleheader. The game took place at Louisville Slugger Sports Complex and the Irish won 2-1 and 14-2. Even though the teams are known rivals, they joined together to gain something greater than a win: helping children defeat cancer. The doubleheader was Hits for Read more about First Charity Game: Peoria Notre Dame vs. Metamora[…]
Congratulations to Jordan Marshall and Payton Leverton for raising the most money for the 2015 season.
By: Adam Duvall – Journal Star sports reporter PEORIA — Notre Dame hit a home run in the first year of the Hits for the Cure campaign. Members of the Irish softball team presented a check for $21,323.14 to the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic on Tuesday morning. Recent ND graduate Chloe Petersen founded the not-for-profit charity with Read more about Campaign raises $21,000 for the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic[…]