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When Cosplay, Chick-Fil-A and Cancer Overlap

Savannah Aldridge started going to the gym so she could be as strong as the  characters she dressed up as. She was getting into cosplay — a new, adult-version of dress up where people wear elaborate costumes of their favorite book or movie characters — and wanted to be able to emulate the characters down to their muscle tone.

She would go to the gym late at night — against her mother’s wishes — to work out. But one night, she wouldn’t be the heroine of her own story. Instead, she would need rescuing. Thankfully, there were two other gym-goers nearby who jumped in to help.

One Monday night, Savannah went to work out. She was on the stair climber one second, and the next thing she knew, she was waking up with people standing over her.

“I remember falling asleep, and then like waking up. And people were like standing over me,” Savannah told WHNT. “I was like, ‘This is new.’”

Two women, Amanda Kerrigan and Natalie Smith, who worked together at a nearby Chick-Fil-A  and stopped by the gym after work, saw Savannah have a seizure and fall off the stair climber.

“I felt terrible. She hit her head so many times before we got to her,” Amanda said.

Instead of panicking, one of the women did some life-saving skills and got her breathing again.

This isn’t the end of the story, though. Doctors found out Savannah had brain cancer and went in the next day to remove a tumor. She had to shave her head, but she’s embracing it. Her Facebook has photos of bald cartoon characters — much like the ones she loves to dress up as.


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