Carjacking hero graduates with shooting victim's help - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Carjacking hero graduates with shooting victim's help

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Two Memphis women first brought together by a nightmare are helping one another fulfill their dreams.

Two and a half years ago, Heather Fox survived a carjacking and shooting with the help of a perfect stranger.

Fox was shot in the back and left for dead by a woman with a baby who pretended to have car trouble.

If Ashley Sanders hadn't stopped to help, Fox might not have survived the ordeal. Sanders stayed by her side until emergency crews arrived.

The two women later became close friends.

As soon as she was well enough, Heather Fox made it her mission to see that Sanders, a young mother, would achieve her longterm goal of becoming a pharmacist.

"She saved my life, but I'm trying to give her just a better life," said Fox.

Fox started an educational trust fund for Sanders and helped her get a scholarship to the Tennessee Technology Center in Memphis.

Sanders graduated Thursday and also received a humanitarian award for her role in helping save Fox's life.

Now she's embarking on a new life, and she credits Heather Fox with making it possible.

"She's done a lot. She started an educational trust, she's helped me mold family back together - she's just done a lot. She's a remarkable woman," Sanders said.

Fox now has a six-month-old daughter.
Sanders, a mother of two, was pregnant with her first child when Fox was shot.

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