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A tight-knit community in northern Iowa is rallying around a special first grade girl.

KWWL reports Charles City residents have tied pink and purple ribbons all over town. It’s a sign of support for seven-year-old Jenessa Patten.

Jenessa was diagnosed with meningitis Saturday. It’s an infection of the brain or spinal cord.

Doctors didn’t think she would make it through the weekend, but despite the seemingly impossible odds, Jenessa is still fighting for her life.

“It breaks my heart. I wish I could hug her. I wish I could tell her that we are here for her. And we aren’t going to give up until she comes home. Everybody kinda knows everyone here. And even if you don’t necessarily get along, it doesn’t matter when you’re talking about a child that’s this sick, fighting for her life. People have the tendency to overlook things and really band together,” says Jennifer Ross, Jenessa’s daycare provider.

Jenessa is being treated at a hospital in Iowa City.