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Berry offers full scholarship to young heroine
Berry offers full scholarship to young heroine

MADISON, Ga. -- Anaiah Rucker became a hero when she saved her sister's life.

Now, several organizations have come forward to be heroes for her.

Earlier this year, the now-rising fifth-grader pushed her younger sister Camry out of the path of an oncoming truck, allowing herself to be hit instead.

The accident left Anaiah with massive injuries, including a crushed left leg that needed to be amputated. She now requires a wheelchair and grueling physical therapy.

Fortunately, Anaiah's hometown of Madison has showered her and her family with support and affection.

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The Rucker family was even chosen to receive a new house through the popular TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

It took "Extreme Makeover" crews just one week to build the safe ADA-accessible house where Anaiah can play with her sister, study and work toward her dream of becoming a doctor or lawyer. The family was whisked away to Disney World while the renovations were completed.

Anaiah's new home was unveiled on Saturday, as was another surprise: a full four-year scholarship to Berry College in Rome.

If she meets the college's admission requirements when she graduates high school, Anaiah can attend Berry for free. The scholarship would be renewed each year as long as she remains in good academic standing.

"For more than a century, Berry has sought students who would appreciate and benefit from an education of the head, heart and hands," said Berry President Steve Briggs. "We believe Anaiah will thrive at Berry."

Anaiah's episode of "Extreme Makeover" is scheduled to air in October.