Akron teenager with chronic illness gives back to Oishei Children’s Hospital, named Erie County Legislature ‘Citizen of the Month’

ERIE COUNTY, NY (WIVB) – Akron High School senior Annie Leeds lives with a chronic illness that leaves her in hospital for lengthy treatment. But that didn’t stop her from giving back to the hospital that helped her.

Leeds suffers from mitochondrial disease, a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to produce enough energy to function properly, and she receives prolonged treatment at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

The 17-year-old has created the ‘Annie Leeds Adventure Fund’ so children with chronic illnesses can enjoy activities outside of the hospital. Leeds has raised over $ 15,000 for the Oishei Children’s Hospital through the sale of their homemade bracelets.

She is a member of the Akron High School track team and actively participates in the Market on Main Street initiative where she sells her bracelets.

Leeds has been honored by the Erie County Legislature as “Citizen of the Month” for the month of March.

Lawmaker Chris Greene thanked Akron’s elder and praised her courage.

“I would like to thank Annie for her contribution to our community. The courage shown by this young woman in the face of so many challenges every day is truly inspiring and I am honored to have had the chance to meet such an exceptional person. I wish Annie the best of health and success in all her future endeavors, ”said lawmaker Greene.

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