PLAINS TWP. — Rachel Leandri, Wyoming, recently presented a check to the Scleroderma Foundation Tri-State Chapter at a patient education forum at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
Scleroderma is a chronic hardening and contraction of the skin and connective tissue, either locally or throughout the body.
Leandri was crowned Miss Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last October and she competed to be Miss Pennsylvania in the Miss America Pageant in Pittsburgh in June. She raises funds for the Children’s Miracle Network, which is part of the Miss America Scholarship Organization and her own pageant platform, “Surviving with Scleroderma.”
Leandri organized a bowling fundraiser and raised $2,000 for her cause.
She is a senior at Wilkes-University and majors in communications with minors in dance and women’s gender studies.
Leandri is the daughter of Debbie Leandri, Wyoming, and Joseph Leandri, Exeter.
Information provided by Debbie Leandri.