Metro East community rallying around teen with cancer

Anna Dill (middle). Credit: KMOV

A Metro East school community is rallying around a student who was recently given some unexpected news.

Collinsville High student Anna Dill, 16, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia.

Students at Collinsville High are wearing their hearts on their sleeves and on their wrists, and on the walls, they are competing to see who has the biggest heart for one special girl. The effort is called Anna’s Angels.

“She is one of the sweetest, most loving people you will ever meet in your life, when she walks in the room, she just lights up,” said senior Allyssa Kostyshock.

Anna always has a smile on her face or is trying to put one on yours.

“Anna like attention, so she would love to be here to see all of this going on just for her,” said Dill’s teacher Lynn Verneiren.

Anna’s classmates and teachers are raising money to help her in a long battle ahead. In a matter of days, they’ve already raised nearly $3,000.

The effort for Anna is not the first time the community has come together to help one of their own. They started the group Kahok Strong five years ago to help each other in times of tragedy.

From helping teachers with cancer and students who’ve passed away, Kahok Strong is there for the Collinsville community.

To help Anna, click here.

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