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Perkins teacher, students rally to fight debilitating disease

Anonymous • Apr 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM


(Anne Wells is a junior at Perkins High School. After graduation, she plans to enroll in The Ohio State University to study pre-law.)

Perkins High School students and staff are banding together to help one of their own — art teacher Donna Hensley.

Ms. Hensley has been employed at Perkins High School for 13 years and has always been a favorite among the students. She has always put her all into teaching.

Some nights, you can drive past the high school at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m., and Ms. Hensley’s car is still in the lot.

She has always been extremely passionate about teaching, but she sometimes gets lost in the crowd.

That is about to change.

On April 9, Ms. Hensley told her students and co-workers that her younger sister, Nancy Dennison, has an incurable and debilitating condition called Dystonia.

Ms. Hensley has set a goal to raise $10,000 by May 16 — the day before Nancy’s birthday — to benefit research toward a cure for Dystonia. If Ms. Hensley can accomplish this goal, she said she will shave her head and donate all of her hair to Locks for Love. 

To help Donna raise the funds, click HERE

There are several different forms of Dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions. It may affect only one muscle, small groups of muscles or many muscles throughout the body. These muscle contractions can be very painful. 

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