Imagine having to go through 13 operations only to find out that you now need brain surgery. That's the reality for one young girl but instead of thinking of herself, Savannah Day is working to collect toys for other sick children and Friday's big game at Lord Botetourt High School was the perfect place to do that.
It was a sellout crowd at Lord Botetourt High School and that's where you could find the Day family, cheering on their team and their hero, Savannah.
Friday night two undefeated teams, The Lord Botetourt Cavaliers and The Northside Vikings battled the gridiron to see which team would break the others perfect record.
The bigger story though, centered around Savannah Day and her toy drive for sick children. 13-year-old Day is preparing for her 14-th surgery, this one on her brain, that's scheduled right around Christmas. Her mother, Michelle Day, is overwhelmed at the outpouring of support.
"I can't tell you how nice it is to come home and having everybody supporting you," Day said.
And that support spilled onto the field and into the stands Friday.
"It's amazing to do and it's proud to know that there's young ladies out there like that. So we just if we could support her then that would be great," Randy Eller told WDBJ7.
The Cheer for Savannah movement has even spread as far as Wrigley Field in Chicago. Although older, Savannah's sister, Sierra Delby is inspired by her little sister.
"She's my best friend. She's my role model and everything. My hero." "She wants to be like me but really, I learn from her. She's everything I want to be," Delby said.
The family just returned from Cincinnati where the surgery will be performed. Savannah's main concern is for other sick children to have a Christmas. A selfless and courageous gesture for such a young lady.
"It just goes to show how Savannah thinks of others before she thinks of herself for Christmas and it just makes us so proud," Savannah's stepfather James Day told WDBJ7.
Savannah is grateful and has this to say to those who want to give back.
"They can help people with the littlest things," said Savannah.