You Know You're From...Wisconsin Rapids: Bev Sprague

Published: Apr. 29, 2019 at 7:16 PM CDT
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5 days a week, sometimes 6, Bev Sprague is working.

Not for herself, but for others.

"She's an inspiration," said Bobette Barnett.

"Thank you so much dear. Have a nice day," said one customer leaving.

Selling items like buttons, bracelets and snacks.

"Everybody knows Bev," said Gabriel Perez, co-owner of Olympic II Restaurant.

She's constantly raising money for those in need, or going through rough times.

"I like to help people," Bev said.

She sets up shop at Olympic II restaurant in Wisconsin Rapids. She's the first to say hello and the last to say goodbye.

"I'll see you tomorrow," another customer said.

Confined to a wheelchair with Cerebral Palsy, best friend Bobette Barnett helps take care of Bev. Their friendship goes back 6 years.

"We go on vacation together. We go shopping," Barnett said. "I love to shop with Bev, she's never in a hurry."

Last year Bev raised almost $9,000. This year's goal is $12,000. She's already at more than $2,600, including a $1,000 to the family of Malcolm McGregor. A 4 year-old from Wisconsin Rapids diagnosed with cancer last Christmas Eve.

"Bev reached out to us through the mail in late January letting us know that she wanted to help out Malcolm," recalled Tracy McGregor, Malcolm's mom.

Malcolm's fight against Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma continues. Bev's generosity goes a long way in helping the McGregor family through this difficult time.

"We were completely taken aback by it. It was incredibly generous and we are insanely grateful to her," said McGregor.

"I love it. It's very rewarding," Bev said.

The candy is always free for the kids. Her connection with them...priceless.

"The little girl was talking to Bev asking her questions about, how does she sit in a wheelchair all day, and this and that," said Barnett. "When we got done talking to her, she turns to her grandma and said 'she's cute."

Always smiling, the good days easily outweigh the bad.

"For those that don't know her, she's the strongest woman I know," added Perez.

An inspiration to many.

"She's just a perfect person. She just wants to help people," Barnett said.

And help them at any cost.

"I will help anybody that needs help," Bev said.

Bev uses some of the money she raises to buy her goods at Sam's Club.

In addition to the $1,000 to Malcolm, she's already raised $500 for the Wood County food pantry, and is closing in on another $1,000 for those affected by the flooding in Portage County.

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