Eleanor (Nora) Leonard is 16 years old and was diagnosed with cancer in the liver and lungs at the end of August  2018. The medical term is Hepatocellular Malignant Neoplasm. We are her parents - Kelly Leonard and Anne Libera - and we’ve spent our adult lives training, hiring, directing and producing generations of comedy talent at The Second City in Chicago.

Nora is kind and talented; fierce and loving. She is a champion of other’s accomplishments and honors everyone’s dignity.

Our family needs your help.


We are being treated by a wonderful team of caregivers at Lurie Children’s Hospital, but insurance does not cover all our medical bills.

We’re anticipating a long but successful fight for our girl. We’re asking for your monetary help which will go towards Nora’s medical costs. She is currently in chemotherapy treatment but she will need surgery and, likely,  a liver transplant in the near future.

The Second City has generously donated $10,000.00 to kick off this campaign. We are so indebted to the Alexander and Stuart families (the owners and operators of The Second City) who have always treated us as nothing less than family. In addition to their financial and emotional support, they have allowed us as much time as we need to care for Nora while still working at our beloved theatre.


So many of our friends - famous, wonderful and both - have been supporting us and lifting Nora’s spirits by posting #TeamNora all over the world. That support means the world to us. Now we’re asking for your financial help so Nora can receive all the medical services she needs to become a survivor.


This girl makes the world a better place. We need her. Thank you in advance for anything you can contribute.

Spread the word: #TeamNora

Donations (0)

  • Sherri Wandler 
    • $100 
    • 23 d
  • Jimmy Carrane 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $1,000 
    • 2 mos
  • Healy Crews 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Alison Banowsky 
    • $20 
    • 3 mos

Fundraising team (5)

Kelly Leonard 
Raised $20,429 from 152 donations
Chicago, IL
Anne Libera 
Beth Kligerman 
Team member
Raised $20,645 from 47 donations
Sonya Jackson 
Team member
Raised $425 from 6 donations
This team raised $62,164 from 738 other donations.
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