Community rallies around girl recovering from brain surgery

It started out with a complaint of headaches.

But soon, the Tibbs family found out their ten-year-old daughter Grace was battling more than a nuisance.

“They took her to the hospital for some scans,” said Erin Tibbs, Grace’s aunt. “They found a brain tumor.”

Grace had to be flown to Riley Hospital that very night and had surgery to relieve some of the pressure in her head.

“They ended up taking out 11 brain tumors that she had,” Erin Tibbs said.

Now, the North Liberty community is showing their support for the Tibbs as they battle through this tough time.

“When I look at Grace and her family, I try to put myself in their place and what they must be going through,” said Pat Crone, one of the organizers for an upcoming benefit. “Any way we can help out is going to be much appreciated by the family.”

Family, friends and teachers are planning to host a benefit Sunday at the North Liberty Youth League. Proceeds from the event will go to help the Tibbs family pay for mounting medical bills.

“It’s really been amazing to see the support we've gotten from the community,” Erin Tibbs said. It’s really uplifting.”

The benefit is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. There will be games for adults and children, as well as food and other activities.

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