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Young AL cancer survivor gets paid shopping spree

Employees at Academy Sports and Outdoors join An-Mai for a photo after she was surprised with a shopping spree. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Employees at Academy Sports and Outdoors join An-Mai for a photo after she was surprised with a shopping spree. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
AUBURN, AL (WSFA) -

An-Mai Ellisor was confused Wednesday morning when her mom told her that they had to be at Academy Sports and Outdoors at 9 a.m.

"I honestly didn't know," the young girl explained. "I thought we would take a few pictures." 

So you can only imagine her surprise when she arrived and was greeted with applause and a $250 gift card.

"We're so happy to help and she was very surprised so we enjoyed getting to surprise her," said store manager Nick Bowling.

The American Cancer Society has held a Triathlon for Kids for the past four years, and An-Mai has competed in the first three triathlons, missing only last year's event after being diagnosed with cancer.

"She had a diagnosis of lymphoma about a year ago, but she went through a couple of rounds of chemo treatment and she's good now, in remission," her mom, Jennifer Brooks, explained. "I'm just really happy to see her back at where she was before she got sick, and being able to pick up things like competing and sports that she really loves to do."

An-Mai says that this unexpected trip definitely brought a smile to her face. "It makes me feel great. It's heartwarming." 

An-Mai purchased athletic socks, shirts, shorts and many other items to help her prepare for her big competition. She even had a little extra money to buy the drone that she's always wanted.

She still has a few more weeks left to break in some of the items that she bought. The triathlon is August 5 at the Opelika sports complex.

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