STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – First News been following the journey of Poland’s Kristin Fox after a major health setback.
On Saturday, Donavito’s Restaurant in Struthers is helping give back with a spaghetti dinner.
Fox was hospitalized with the flu and ended up having both of her arms and legs amputated after complications from influenza A. She is now undergoing physical therapy in Pittsburgh and is due to come home on June 18.
From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Donavito’s donated 1,000 spaghetti dinners to be sold. They sold out in an hour.
“I said 500 dinners would be a lot, and we’ve sold 1,000 in an hour,” said Nancy Birch, fox’s mother.
More than 1,500 pre-ordered t-shirts were also given out.
The proceeds go to Fox and her family to help with medical expenses.
Fox is an assistant principal in the Campbell schools, but previously worked in the Struther’s school district.
“I know that people in Struthers love Kristin. People in Poland love Kristin. People in Campbell love Kristin. People from all over the Valley have come forth for us, and we could not be more gratified,” Nancy said.
Kristin Fox’s brother, Pat Birch, said he’s overwhelmed and grateful for the support by the community.
“You dream about your kids being successful and having an impact on their community and to see that this many people care about my daughter and the lives she’s touched, it’s just amazing,” said Rick Birch, Kristin’s father.
Fox spoke with First News over Facetime as people drove up to buy a dinner, a shirt or to donate.
“My life is altered forever, but it is also going to be a good life because of the people that I have around me to support me through this chance, and I know that I will be able to do the things I always did because the love and support I have,” said Fox.
Fox has some big plans ahead of her after she returns home, like preparing to go back to school this September, but more importantly, a movie night with her two kids.
“One of our all-time favorites is ‘A League of Their Own,'” said Fox. “They watched it the other day without me, and I teared up just thinking about them and that’s like a thing that we do all the time is popcorn and movies and that’s going to be the first thing we do.”