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Iowa community rallies in support of 7-year-old girl

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CHARLES CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- Blanketed in pink and purple ribbons, a tight-knit community in Iowa is rallying around a very special first grade girl.

Sunday night, members of the Charles City community gathered to tie ribbons all over town in support of 7-year-old Jenessa Patten.

Jenessa was diagnosed on Saturday with mengingitis, and doctors didn't think she would make it through the weekend.

But despite the seemingly impossible odds, Janessa is still fighting for her life at a hospital in Iowa City.

Jenessa's daycare provider has known the little girl for the past 5 years and says the heartbreaking situation has led to an outpouring of prayers and support.

"It breaks my heart. I wish I could hug her," Jennifer Ross, Jenessa's daycare provider told KTTC Monday. "I wish I could tell her that we are here for her. And we aren't going to give up until she comes home."

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