Ovid, Mich. (WLNS) - The motto of the Ovid-Else community is "small town-big hearts" and they're standing behind it as they "Fight for Olivia" during a benefit basketball game Thursday night.
3-year-old Olivia Enderle was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastamo cancer in May 2010. Olivia spent 282 days at Mott's Children's Hospital and went through eight rounds of chemo. But it's her personality that lights up a room and smile that's contagious that really shines for her mom, Emily.
"You would never know she has gone through as much as she has. She is the light of my day her facial expressions are something else," said Emily.
She had surgery, but doctors weren't able to remove all of her tumor.
"She basically almost didn't make it, but she's stronger, she's healthier, the tumor is smaller, they have a better idea of what their going in at," Emily said.
She still has to go to dialysis 3 days a week and doctors say the best chance of her becoming cancer free is another surgery.
"To know people stand by you, not even financially, just people that support you and are pulling for you and praying for you are in your cheering section, it always makes you feel better," Emily said.
"I told her how strong she was everyday and look where she is. You've got to be positive. You cant say weren't not going to do this. You're going to say we're going to do this," Emily smiled.
The fundraiser starts at 6:30p.m. at Ovid-Elsie High School. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. They have planned face painting, a 50-50 raffle and even some surprise guest appearances.