She was largely raised in the foster care system, and at the age of 15 delivered her first child. Just a year later, she was legally emancipated and married.
Before long, her marriage turned abusive and substance abuse started to take hold. Leora had always had a dreamed of becoming a nurse and she knew that things had to turn around to make that happen. Through Leora’s faith, she was able to get grounded and start her career path.
In 2006, Leora enrolled in the WIA program and obtained her Certified Nursing Certificate. During this time, she divorced and was raising her three children on her own. Eventually, she found herself re-married and being supported to obtain her dream of becoming a nurse. Leora applied and was accepted into the nursing program at Ferris State University.
Around the same time, though, she began struggling with family issues. She received a call from her mother requesting she take care of her nephew, a child with special abilities.