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Community Rallies Support for Local FamilySubmitted: 01/26/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


RHINELANDER - A girl from Rhinelander battling cancer got a big dose of community love today. Mayor Dick Johns proclaimed today Leanna Kossack day.

Seventeen-year-old Leanna suffers from a rare cancer that doctors are struggling to find an appropriate treatment for.

Today, friends, family, even strangers came out to show their support.

The day started with a bake sale. Then supporters held a rally and walked through downtown Rhinelander to Bugsy's bar to kick off a pub crawl.

Nine downtown pubs are participating with drink specials and raffles.

Organizers say the turnout was overwhelming.

"To support this wonderful girl that's so courageous and so brave, the small community of Rhinelander, our small business owners, tavern owners that have opened up their establishments and allowed the community to come together is an unbelievable feat," says family friend Gayle Wilmot.

"There's a lot of people here to support her. I think she's a really strong person and I'm glad she's here today. I'm so thankful for everybody who's here today, and I think she's very thankful too," says Leanna's sister Alyssa.

There's still time to support Leanna tonight. Some downtown bars are participating in a drink special until midnight tonight. You can get half price drinks with the purchase of a wristband.

The money raised goes toward Leanna's medical expenses, and a foundation to help other kids with cancer.

Participating bars until midnight are:
Quade's Place, Knight Gallery, Big Daddy's, Bugsy's, Buckethead's, Robbie's Place and Sunset Junction.

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