A four-year old Grand Island, NE girl needs our help, Food Safety News Publisher Bill Marler says. Rory Thorpe, born with spina bifida four years ago, contracted E. coli last October from an unknown source. The child is currently being treated for kidney complications at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. A Rory Thorpe Benefit Fund has been set up at Centris Federal Credit Union, 3406 W. State Street, Grand Island, NE 68803. The phone number is (308) 382-3060. A community carnival to raise money for Rory’s medical bills is being held from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 23 at the United Congregational Church, 405 E. Bismarck, Grand Island NE. Marler has issued a challenge to Food Safety News readers to contribute to the Rory Thorpe Benefit Fund with a match up to a total of $2,500 against those contributions. The Grand Island Independent has more information on Rory and the fundraising efforts that are underway. Bill Marler’s regular “Publisher’s Platform” column that normally runs in this space is not available this week as he is on assignment. It will return when he does.