Community supports teacher battling disease

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – What would prompt hundreds of people to attend school on a beautiful Sunday afternoon? Christine Terlesky.

A spaghetti dinner was held at Boardman High School for Terlesky who is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The 19-year teacher was diagnosed last fall and went on leave in February.

The disease and the massive turnout only reinforced what she already knew about herself and the community.

“Even though the disease has taken a lot away from me and continues to take a lot away from me, it cannot touch the things that are most important, my heart, my soul, how much love there is,” said Terlesky. “It also showed me how much humanity there is; the best of humanity.”

And the “best of humanity” was part of the reason Terlesky said she and her husband moved to the Mahoning Valley. She said the sense of community has always been overwhelming here, even before she got sick.

Proceeds from the dinner will help Terlesky with medical expenses as she seeks stem-cell treatment.

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