Roxie Schopp will have a busy 2017. The St. Louis-area third-grader was just named as the fifth annual Ace Cares for Kids All-Star.
In her new role, Roxie will become the national ambassador for the Ace Foundation, raising awareness for CMN Hospitals across the country.
“We are thrilled to welcome Roxie into the Ace All-Star family,” said Kane Calamari, President of the Ace Hardware Foundation. “Roxie’s strength, courage and selflessness are just a few of the characteristics that exemplify why she is the perfect Ace All-Star. Together, Roxie and her family, have transformed their extraordinary challenges into a platform to raise awareness for childhood cancers and generate valuable funds for research.”
"Roxie’s strength, courage and selflessness are just a few of the characteristics that exemplify why she is the perfect Ace All-Star.”Through the support of Ace’s vendor partner Duracell, the Ace Cares for Kids program enables Ace stores to raise funds for their local CMN Hospital using Roxie’s face and story as inspiration.
At the age of three, Roxie was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma with MYCN amplification, an aggressive pediatric cancer of the peripheral nervous system; she was only given a 35% chance of survival. Over the course of 17 months, Roxie went through an aggressive, multi-therapeutic regimen to treat her disease. Roxie’s treatment plan included surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, a bone marrow transplant and immunotherapy.
Following frontline treatment, Roxie was immediately enrolled in a two-year trial study at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital designed to combat High Risk Neuroblastoma’s 50 percent chance of relapse (of which there is no known cure). After successfully completing the trial, Roxie’s journey with CMN Hospitals continues, as she will remain an ongoing patient of The Late Effects Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s through early adulthood. Today, Roxie is a thriving third-grader with no evidence of disease.
Roxie was selected by the Ace Foundation following a nationwide campaign that gave every Children’s Miracle Network Hospital an opportunity to nominate a deserving patient. As the fifth-annual All-Star for the Ace Cares for Kids Program, a $10,000 donation from Duracell will be made to CMN Hospitals of Greater St. Louis in Roxie’s honor. In addition, Roxie and her family will be treated to an all-expense paid trip to attend the CMN Hospitals’ annual conference in Walt Disney World. Throughout the year, Roxie will make special appearances and will be treated to exciting surprises from Ace Hardware.
Over the past 25 years, the Ace Foundation has raised more than $80 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.