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Teacher's funding quest to research dystonia nears goal

Sandusky Register Staff • May 11, 2012 at 1:31 PM

(Updated with video) Donna Hensley, a Perkins High School teacher, has gathered 78 percent of her goal to raise $10,000 to research a rare disease that took hold of her younger sister.

Hensley's sister Nancy was a happy and active 48-year-old mother of three when she was diagnosed with dystonia, a little-understood disease that causes painful muscle spasms. The disease severely disrupted Nancy's life, keeping her from walking or even sitting up on her own.

With so few treatment options, Hensley decided to raise $10,000 by May 16 — Nancy's birthday — by vowing to shave her head if she meets the goal. Hensley will donate her hair to Locks of Love, and the money will go to researching dystonia.

Hensley's mission inspired her students at Perkins High School to help her with the goal.

Now they're a little more than $2,000 away from their goal.

To donate before May 16, visit Hensley's website HERE.  

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