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Richards 5K raises nearly $11,000 for local charity

Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundatifounder Colleen Kisel accepts check from Richards High School teacher Bob Peck. | Supplied Photo

Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation founder Colleen Kisel accepts a check from Richards High School teacher Bob Peck. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: January 31, 2013 6:02AM



Colleen Kisel couldn’t stop smiling.

After walking into the bookstore at Richards High School and seeing the number on the “big check” that waited for her, the founder of the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Fund radiated joy.

“We’ve organized fundraisers that have generated more money, but no single person ever has made a bigger donation,” said Kisel of the $10,800 donation from Richards teacher Bob Peck.

In September, Peck and many other staff members from Richards organized Running with the Bulldogs. More than 600 people participated in the 5K.

After covering expenses, the balance of the revenue from the race now will support the mission of Kisel’s organization.

Kisel established the foundation after her son’s battle with cancer. Diagnosed at 7 (today he’s cancer-free at 26), her son completed some painful procedures.

“He had to go through a full year of treatment,” Kisel said. “We would take him out for a new toy after a spinal tap or bone marrow transplant.”

The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation provides new toys and other items to children every time they visit the hospital for chemotherapy or another procedure related to treatment.

“When they walk through the doors of the cancer treatment center, there’s a hope chest waiting,” Kisel said.

The foundation serves medical facilities throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

“When we started, we served 300 kids. Today, it’s 8,000,” Kisel said. “The only way this ship stays afloat is through wonderful people like Bob.”

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