Newsday: Kellenberg H.S. classmates with brain ailments helped each other

Jun 05 2014

Article by Newsday’s Mackenzie Issler:

Classmates Erin Von Elm, Anneliese Riesterer and Sarah Lyne are three of a kind in an improbable and inspiring way.

They were each diagnosed with brain ailments, months apart during their junior year, that required surgery to save their lives or maintain basic functions.

Von Elm was the first to learn she had a tumor, followed by Riesterer’s diagnosis of an arteriovenous malformation…

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