• Community rallies around Gateway High School senior battling cancer


    MONROEVILLE, Pa. - The community of Monroeville is rallying around a Gateway High School senior who has cancer. 

    Channel 11’s Marlisa Goldsmith sat down with Alex Leisenring and his family and they showed us a bag stuffed with letters, pictures and all sorts of reminders of the support he has from his community.

    Alex's love of videography is what keeps him going.

    "I like videotaping anything. Anything that involves videography, I like doing,” he said.


    Alex, who is 18, was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis as an infant, and a malignant tumor in his brain was discovered last month. His journey hasn't been easy. 

    Neurofibromatosis is a condition that causes tumors to form in the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
    It's typically noncancerous but, in Alex's case, it was malignant. 

    While some days have been difficult, the outpouring of support generated by his Monroeville community has made this process bearable. 

    His living room is full of encouraging reminders.

    And on Tuesday night at Gateway High's basketball game, there was a halftime tribute dedicated to arguably the biggest Gators fan out there.

    Alex was given the game ball from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League championship game, signed by all of Gateway's football players. 

    "It's really nice to know that everyone's in our corner, helps us out whenever we need. They're here for us,” said Amy Leisenring, Alex’s mother. 

    Alex is being treated at Children's Hospital and has a follow-up meeting with doctors there later this week.

    If you would like to send cards or posters to Alex, you can send them to:

    4732 Bert Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146

    You can also contact the Monroeville Community Cares Facebook page for more information.


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