Hitting Childhood Cancer Out of the Park

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Hits for the Cure to raise funds to fight and end childhood cancer through softball and baseball. Money raised will be specifically directed to the research and treatment of children fighting cancer. Intentional efforts will be made to support the fight against childhood cancer in the communities where the money has been raised.

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's Story

Chloe Petersen's personal story on how she got involved with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
By the end of the second year, the teams raised a total of $40,000!

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.

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