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Botetourt County teen prepares for brain surgery, but her mind is on helping others

Published On: Sep 18 2013 05:28:52 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2013 06:56:28 PM EDT

Imagine getting the news you need brain surgery. Now imagine you'll be getting that surgery during the Christmas holiday. That's the reality for a 14 year-old girl in Botetourt County.


"My name is Savannah Day. I'm 14 years old. I love cheerleading and I go to Read Mountain Middle School," say the 8th grader.

This small girl has a big heart.

"If you get your mind off of it, it helps a lot actually," explains Day.

The "it" Savannah's talking about is brain surgery.
But, instead of focusing on that, she's putting her mind to helping other sick kids.

"We're going to raise 500-toys and take it up for Christmas," explains Savannah.

Savannah's been through more than most 14-year-olds.
After being born premature, she dealt with intestinal issues and several surgeries to correct the problem.
After a visit to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital this summer, she learned she would need brain surgery.

"We found out last Monday that the doctors' called and said our surgery would be December 12th and we would be in the hospital through the day after Christmas," explains her mom Michelle Day.

Since that time, the community has rallied around her.

"Here at Read Mountain there's definitely a family atmosphere. So, when our students and our teachers heard about what was going on with Savannah they were quick to come to the challenge," says Principal Mike Tetreault.

The school is making t-shirts to raise money for her doctor bills.
While, Savannah is working to help the kids who will also be spending their holiday in the hospital.

And she's getting help from the cheering community that she and her two sisters have been a part of for years.

They've even started a facebook page called "Cheer 4 Savannah"

"It warms my heart that people want to help Savannah. And, it warms my heart that people want to help a lot of kids that are going to be sick this Christmas," says Michelle Day beaming with pride.

Already Savannah is receiving presents for her toy drive.

And, the school's t-shirts are gaining popularity.

According to Savannah's mom, several cheerleading squads are set to wear them next weekend during a cheer competition.

If you want to learn more about Savannah's story or the toy drive, click here.