Rhinelander Community Remembers Leanna KossackSubmitted: 02/10/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

RHINELANDER - A young girls struggle will be remembered by the Rhinelander community for a long time.

Tonight Leanna Kossack was remembered by her family and friends.

Leanna suffered from a rare form of cancer.

It caused a tumor the size of a softball to surround her spine.

She died January 28th.

Her mother didn't want to have a traditonal funeral because her daughter didn't want that.

"Leanna wasn't afraid she was going to die. I at that point as a mother, as a human mother, I knew that it was coming," said Jaimie Kossack.

"She turned around and looked at me and gave me that sarcastic look she always gives me. She said, 'You know what mom, if I can do this, you guys can do this'."

Even though this is tough for her close friends, they've been able to remember the good times.

"Even if you're bored together, it was the best moment ever because you're together and not alone," said Carly Walters.

"So we did a lot of siting around and watching movies and hung out."

January 26th was declared Leanna Kossack Day by Mayor Dick Johns.

The Leanna Kossack Sarcoma Foundation will still continue.

Related Weblinks:
Click here to visit Leanna Kossack Sarcoma Foundation on Facebook

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