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Community pulls together for teen battling rare disease

Updated: Tuesday, January 14 2014, 05:16 PM EST

By: NEWS9 and Adam Del Rosso
TORONTO, Ohio - -

A community is coming together to help a local teen who is fighting a rare disease that struck suddenly.

Toronto High School senior and homecoming queen Hannah Leasure has been at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh since Christmas Eve after she developed anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

Doctors told the family the disease is rare, but they expect Hannah to fully recover.

Hannah's mother, Robin Leasure, said, "It could take a week. It could take months. It just depends on the person. So it could be a long time for her to be up doing the things she normally does."

To help raise money and awareness, several fundraisers have been organized including a spaghetti dinner on Jan. 24 at the Cornerstone Church in Toronto.

Dave Leasure, Hannah's father, said, "We're just so grateful. There's just too many to name. I don't want to forget anyone, but they've just been so good. I can't believe the outpouring of love and care and concern for our family."

Upcoming events include:

- Prayer vigil on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Third Street Gazebo in Toronto, where donations will be accepted.
- Spaghetti dinner on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church in Toronto.
- Fundraiser at Toronto Lanes on Jan. 25 starting at approximately noon.
- Fundraiser at The Heavenly Bodies Fitness Club in Toronto on Feb. 16 starting at 1:30 p.m.

Donations in the form of checks can be made out to:

Hannah Leasure
Huntington Bank
401 Main Street
Toronto, Ohio 43964

Any donations that are left over will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Community pulls together for teen battling rare disease

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