Community rallies around Ally Henson
The community came together Saturday to help Ally Henson and her family.
Henson, 34, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September. She has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, meaning it has spread to other parts of the body.
An event was held behind Treasures and Trinkets in Monroe to raise money to help the Henson family. There were concessions, food, games, cakewalks, a bounce house for kids, a pumpkin decorating contest and an auction, run by Jed Lilly of Lilly Auction & Gallery in Indian Trail.
Daisy Henson, 10, the oldest of her four children was overwhelmed by the turnout. She said she was having a fun day and was glad so many people came to the event.
It was estimated that 500 to 600 people came throughout the day.
Carrie Culbreth, a Monroe resident, has been friends with Henson since elementary school.
"I'm just overwhelmed with all the generosity," Culbreth said. She said they have a very loving community.
Culbreth said the diagnosis has been hard for her, because they are so close, but Henson has been positive and amazing.
"She has been really amazing," Culbreth said. She said she accompanied Henson to a chemotherapy treatment last week and Henson smiled the whole time and helped make bracelets.
"(She) amazes me every day," Culbreth said.
Culbreth said she plans to hold similar events in the future to assist the Henson family. They have four children, ages 10, 9, 7 and 2.
Henson's mother, Sandra Threlkeld, was equally overwhelmed by the community.
"It's just amazing," she said. "And not just today, it's been everything."
Threlkeld, an Indian Trail resident, said the outpouring of support is a "testament" to her daughter.
"She's a special person," she said.
It has been a hard time for the family and Threlkeld said prayer has been helping them through. She said people's overwhelming prayers and support have helped to lift them up.
"She is a fighter," Threlkeld said.
She said that as the bad news kept coming, Henson decided as soon as the doctors told her the diagnosis, "she was going to fight it."
Threlkeld said Henson has been on that road since and is trying to be as normal as possible for her family while fighting.
Henson was unable to attend the event, though numerous family and friends were there.
Threlkeld wanted to give a "great big thank you" to everyone and said she has tons of appreciation for what everyone has done to help their family.