Roxie Schopp, 3, and her newborn brother, Walker, 3 months, developed nearly fatal medical conditions at nearly the exact same time. So Big League Broadcasting’s KFNS-AM The Fan St. Louis and Five Guys Burgers joined “Team Roxie,” a growing group of people rallying behind the Schopp family of Creve Coeur, Missouri. They held an all day, all night fundraiser 2/13 to help the family with out-of-pocket medical and other expenses. Roxie has a rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma.
While she was at Children’s Hospital, being diagnosed, her parents had to run Walker from the 9th floor of the hospital to the ER. He had an unknown heart problem: coarctation of his aorta. It nearly killed him. An emergency surgery saved his life.
Roxie stole the show from radio host, Kevin Slaten as he helped raise money for her cause, reported KTVI-TV St. Louis.
“I love you,” she said into a KFNS microphone, held by KFNS GM Dave Greene, who was so touched by ‘Team Roxie’ he organized the fundraiser, featuring a live auction of Rams, Cardinals, and Blues ticket packages, with sweet ‘extras’ for fans wanting to join Team Roxie. She was about 14 hours from heading back to Children’s Hospital for round 5 of chemo.
“Two children, a baby boy who had heart surgery and 3 year old girl who has cancer, they found out both of those things the same day,” Slaten reminded the audience.
Donors kept calling in; customers kept rolling into 5 Guys, which posted a monster day of sales, in the worst weather of the season.
10% of the sales went to Team Roxie. All proceeds from KFNS went to the cause.
Roxie has two more rounds of chemo, then a surgery to hopefully remove all of her cancer.