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Snickers Marathon cheerleader encourages runners

Freeman high fives a runner (Source: WALB) Freeman high fives a runner (Source: WALB)
Freeman cheers on runners as they pass by her mile mark (Source: WALB) Freeman cheers on runners as they pass by her mile mark (Source: WALB)
Stephanie Freeman, brain injury survivor and Snickers Marathon Cheerleader (Source: WALB) Stephanie Freeman, brain injury survivor and Snickers Marathon Cheerleader (Source: WALB)
Phoebe North, formerly called Palmyra Park, is where Freeman laid in bed for months (Source: WALB) Phoebe North, formerly called Palmyra Park, is where Freeman laid in bed for months (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

One woman used the Snickers Marathon as an opportunity to prove her doctors wrong.

Twenty-five years ago Stephanie Freeman was in the hospital.

On Saturday she was there again, but this time outside cheering on Snickers Marathon runners.

Freeman suffered a brain injury as a child, and doctors thought she would never walk again.

A runner herself-- she's competed in the Boston Marathon and Snickers Marathon, but decided to serve as a cheerleader for the competitors.

"Running Albany is very special to my heart. Because I laid in that hospital over here for two months in a coma. I had to learn how to walk, talk everything again," explained Freeman. 

If you were out running you may have seen her between mile marker 20 and 22. 

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