ByTara Fanning, writer at Creators.co
I am a single mother of three, I love anything horror, but most of all, I am a dedicated & devoted fan of The Walking Dead!
Tara Fanning

It was a warm and sunny morning on May 20, 2013 in the thriving town of Moore, Oklahoma. My daughter, Alexis Fanning, a 13 year old fan of AMCs The Walking Dead, was still excited about how she had met her favorite actor on the show, Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes), just two weeks before. By the end of the school day, she had lost everything she loved most. Her home, her cat Fluffy, and her cherished autographed picture of Chandler. A devastating monster of a tornado with winds of over 250mph had torn apart her neighborhood. Her little sister, Baylee (we call her "B") was in her school, Plaza Towers Elementary, which took a direct hit. Thankfully, B was unharmed. But 7 children had lost their lives on that dreadful day. We were thankful to just have each other, we didn't care about our home and our material things.

Alexis Fanning & Chandler Riggs
Alexis Fanning & Chandler Riggs
Tornado & the remains of our home
Tornado & the remains of our home

A day or so later, I decided that since I couldn't replace the pet she had lost, I jumped on social media to try & find a way to maybe replace her picture of Chandler. I was amazed at how many strangers were helping me get through to someone, anyone who could help. Not long after, I receive a phone call. It was Chandlers father, William on the other end of the line. My prayers were once again answered, and Alexis had the joy of speaking with Chandler Riggs over the phone. He expressed his condolences and sent Alexis a replacement copy of her lost & cherished photo of him... Along with a generous contribution to help us replace a few other things we had lost in the tornado. I cried tears of joy over this, and was so happy that I was able to make this happen for my daughter who had lost so much.

Later, in November of that year, we got to thank the Riggs family in person. We were invited to be guests of Chandler at the Wizard World Comic-con in Austin, Texas. It was absolutely amazing! We met & got autographs from the other cast members who were there as well. Laurie Holden, Sara Wayne-Callies, Michael Rooker, and my personal favorite, Norman Reedus. We had a group picture with them all, and Alexis, her best friend Hayden, and I got our own photo ops with Norman. We will be forever grateful to the Riggs family, for such a memorable experience & our love for [The Walking Dead](series:201193) family goes even deeper now...

Our wonderful group pic with the cast
Our wonderful group pic with the cast
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