Baseball moms come together

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 04/21 2014 06:55PM

Updated 04/22 2014 10:39AM

CHAMPAIGN -- A crosstown rivalry is heating up on the baseball diamond this week. No matter the outcome, the game will help a player's sister. They're Taking Action to help a family in need.

Peyton Kaiser is the starting catcher at Centennial High School. His sister, Kelsey, graduated from Central High School. She has multiple sclerosis and it's progressing quickly.

She recently qualified for a clinical trial at Northwestern University. There, she'll undergo chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

Kaiser has seizures and even uses a walker because of her condition. After hearing the news, some baseball moms started a fundraiser. The money will go to help Kelsey get to Chicago for treatment, and she's looking forward to it.

"I’m very optimistic about it. I’ve talked to a lot of people it’s helped and it was a woman in a wheelchair and she was able to walk at their son’s graduation after. I just think this will be really good and it will put me into remission so that way I can live life and go back to school and find a good job."

At Thursday’s game, the moms will raffle off prizes, and the money raised at the concession stand will also go towards the cause. Kelsey’s treatment will last 6 to 8 weeks. The family has a medical fund set up.

If you can't make it to the big game, you can mail donations:

University of Illinois Credit Union
2201 South First Street
PO Box 500
Champaign, IL 61824

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