Miracle For Michelle

By WEEK Producer

April 3, 2011 Updated Apr 3, 2011 at 10:31 PM CDT

A 19 year old Princville girl is in the third year of her battle with cancer.
Michelle Loesch has been living in and out of St. Francis Medical Center and often traveling from Peoria to Bloomington, Indiana for radiation treatments.
It has created some pricey hospital bills.

In an effort to help this family in their time of need, Michelle Loesch's friend of 13 years, Kortney Wilson came up with a plan.

A group of friends are trying out for the game-show, "A Minute To Win It." They are trying to raise money for their good friend who has Ewings Sarcoma.

"I watch the show and see people all the time doing it for charity or different circumstances and I thought it's be a good idea to do it for Michelle. She's a very strong girl. She deserves it," says Kortney Wilson.

For Michelle, it's hard to put into words how grateful she is...

"I totally didn't know what to say. I was speechless," says Michelle Loesch. "I didn't think anyone would do that for another person."

As the friends wait to hear if they've been accepted to be on the game-show, Kortney and her mother decided to support the family in another way.

They are holding a benefit called Miracle For Michelle to assist her in paying hospital bills and daily living expenses.

"It feels great to have someone there for you and to help me out," says Loesch.

"I feel like it's my role to do it. I feel like I need to help her and since we're doing a benefit for her, explains Wilson. "I feel like I need to do something she's not able to. I feel kinda privileged."

Ewing Sarcoma is a cancer that can spread through the body very quickly and just recently, Drs found 2 more tumors in Michelle's back.
That means she'll be transported to Indiana for radiation treatments and then back to Peoria for another round of chemotherapy.
Even with this latest obstacle, Michelle has high hopes of being well enough to make it to the benefit.

"I really would like to have whoever can - come to my benefit...because it's going to be awesome," says Loesch.

The Miracle for Michelle benefit will be held at the Princeville Fire House on April 16 at 4pm.
For more information, contact Kortney Wilson at KWilson@MCON.edu

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