"It's just hard to put into words. You hear of people having E-Coli, but you never think of it actually happening to a member of your family" said Sue Henderson. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened to Sue's 10-year old granddaughter. Olivia Henderson was air lifted to U.C. Davis on October 1st after she was diagnosed with E-Coli. After spending four weeks in the hospital, she is now home, but her fight is far from over. "All around it's been very very difficult" Henderson said.
And while nothing can take away the challenges Olivia and her family will face, members from the Corning Volunteer Fire Department are stepping in to lend a helping hand. The department has organized a spaghetti feed fundraiser for December 4th and is also collecting donations to help the family with growing hospital bills. Community members are also putting on an all you can eat tri-tip and crab feed which will be held December 11th. "This is a pretty tight knit community and people are always willing to help others out and that's one of the reasons why I like living here" said Tom Tomlinson,assistant fire chief for the Corning Volunteer Fire Department. Henderson added "The phone calls, the little notes, the stopping by, has just been unbelievable".
The community support and generosity from the fire department is something sue says makes her proud of her hometown. And the kindness shown to her family will never be forgotten. "I just don't think words could ever express what they're doing for us right now" Henderson explained.