Akron Middle School runner won't let disease slow her down

Posted at 11:21 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 23:21:57-04

Annie Leeds doesn't let what's supposed to slow her down keep her from running full-speed.

The 14-year-old eighth grader at Akron Middle School runs modified track, despite her severe form of mitochondrial disease.

She has lost her hearing, all of her sight in her left eye and most in her right eye, and has slow liver failure and Type 1 diabetes. Annie's personal aide Lori Baulmer has been with her since second grade, and helps her every day as much as she's needed.

Annie's friends, teammates, and coaches call her the centerpiece of the Akron Middle School track team. Her parents say they were nervous when she first wanted to run, but are at every one of her meets to cheer her on.

Annie runs the 100m dash and the 4x100m relay, never failing to receive a roaring ovation.