May 4, 2016 12:00 AM

As Concord 7th grader tries to recover from brain tumor, community raises $15,000 in 2 days

CONCORD — A seventh grader from Concord was rushed to the emergency room on Sunday, and her family is asking for the community's support as she's been fighting to recover from a brain tumor.

Sunday, Molly Banzhoff was brought to the hospital after experiencing a migraine and vomiting. Doctors then discovered that Molly was suffering from a brain tumor, and on Monday, had surgery to remove it according to a "YouCaring" fundraiser page set up by Molly Rider - a longtime family friend of the family. Currently, she is being treated at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon with her family by her side.

As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Molly still hadn't woken up from her surgery or showed any signs of movement. Molly and her family are well-known in the community where her mother, Barb Higgins, coaches the Girls Varsity cross country team for Bow High School in Concord. Molly is a middle schooler and avid dancer at Concord Dance Academy, described as "whose smile lights up a room and whose laughter brings so much joy."

Rider, who created the You Caring fund me page, said she use to run on Barb's- Molly's mother's, cross country team growing up and feels "blessed to have run for Barb in middle school and high school," and is "forever grateful for how she transformed my life."

If you would like to donate in support of Molly and her family to help with her recovery, you may visit the page here, or stop by Concord Dance Academy at 26 Commercial Street Monday through Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m. or on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon to make a physical donation.


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