Storytelling Blog

Leanna's Inspiring Brain Surgery Story

Feb 21, 2019 2:02:35 PM / by Ashley Rhodes



Watch this story of Leanna's brain surgery to cure epilepsy and the outpouring of support she received. Then, read the Q&A below with the video's creator and Leanna's friend, Caleb Hawk, to find out more about the storytelling process! Then, check out a recent follow up to this story here

  • How did you find out about the story? "I saw a Facebook post from my friend Leanna on how she was going to have brain surgery and raised a lot of money from the community to help pay for it. I knew this was a story that needed to be shared!"'
  • What was your initial approach to telling the story? "I wanted to get her testimony since she was going into this with such a positive attitude. It was inspiring to see her smiling in the midst of a trial."
  • What did you learn from telling the story? "I learned that not only did her friends and people she didn’t even know step up to help her cover the cost of her surgery, but her childhood church stepped in to help too - First Presbyterian of Wetumpka, Alabama."
  • What do you hope to accomplish by telling this story? "Leanna’s story is powerful, and her testimony is awesome. Her story gives a lot of viewers hope when they may think there is none."
  • You recently revisited this story for a follow-up. What made you decide to revisit this story? "I am revisiting this story because Leanna’s church that supported her during her surgery, First Presbyterian of Wetumpka, AL, was just destroyed by a tornado on January 19. That story is coming soon and serves as a second part to Leanna's story."


Images of the destruction in Wetumpka, AL after the January 19th tornado (source: Caleb Hawk)

 wetumpka tornado 2   

  wetumpka tornado 1


See tornado story




Topics: storytelling, video

Ashley Rhodes

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