It’s often said that nothing gets in the way of true love. That was certainly the case for a pair of Miami graduates about a decade ago at a Hurricanes-Seminoles rivalry game.
Christopher Cheng and Rahysa Vargas both graduated from Miami, and about a year after they met, ironically enough at a Miami-Florida State game, Seminoles fans attacked Cheng in the stands. In the altercation, he suffered a broken nose, lacerations on his lip and chin, and bruises on his body and skull.
If not for Vargas, Helene Woodward, Cheng’s mother, says he wouldn’t be alive today.
“They ganged up on Chris and smashed his face in,” said Woodward said according to The New York Times. “Little selfless Rahysa jumped on top of him to save his life.”
The New York Times included this story in a long form piece about how Cheng and Vargas met in 2007 and eventually married in March. The story doesn’t reveal which year Cheng suffered his injuries from the attack, but based on the timeline of events from The New York Times, it was some time at the end of the last decade.
Frank Guzman, who was a groosman in the couple’s wedding, also told The New York Times about how Vargas helped Cheng in one of his biggest times of need.
“Rahysa dragged his bloody, limp body into the aisle until the police arrived, and he was taken to the hospital,” Guzman said.
The couple split in 2010, but reunited about five years later and bought a house in Miami in 2016. Hurricane Irma changed their wedding plans and destroyed their home last fall, but that couldn’t ruin their relationship either.
Cheng and Vargas married on March 3 in San Francisco.