A Black Creek girl recovering in Vancouver hospital is getting a big boost of support from her hometown.
Sunday people touched by Tessa Williams story and recovery from a second liver transplant that that she has been waiting years for, gathered at a fundraiser in her honour.
With helping hands packing a Black Creek stable inside and out, kids that are around Tessa Williams age and parents touched by what her family is going through gather to help the hometown girl recovering in Vancouver Hospital.
“I know that it must be really hard and I’m really thankful that our barn is doing this,” says 17-year-old Rosa O’Brien.
“A bunch of kids went to school with her and know her from school one of the teachers at the school. Does it make you appreciate your community a little bit more? You have no idea,” says Patrica Cowland of Sprout Meadows.
They’re saddling up for an afternoon of ponyrides for donations to help the Black Creek girl and her family get through the costly and extensive recovery process in Vancouver.
“This is gonna help and we are proud to come out and really lend our support,” says David Stevens.
The now 15 year-old was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer that affects only 200 people world-wide every year. Earlier this month she underwent not one but two liver transplants in the period of 24 hours, after her first transplant failed. But this weekend some huge improvements in the teen’s condition. Her family updating that Saturday she was allowed out on her first day pass from hospital, and even got out to enjoy the fresh air of Stanley Park.
“My heart is completely with her and her family and healing thoughts are being sent to her from this community. And I just know that that’s felt,” says Black Creek resident Brenda Payne.
“It’s looking good so go, go Tessa. We’re all thinking of you,” says Stevens.
It may be months before Tessa Williams can return home to the community that’s now fundraising for her. But a pony ride of her own is waiting for her when she gains back enough strength. A day her community says will be a celebration with the uniquely grass roots feel of this hometown that’s missing her.