A SPOKANE HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH
CANCER, DEVASTATING HER GONZAGA PREP CLASSMATES, FAMILY
THEN CHEERLEADERS FROM AN OPPOSING TEAM DID SOMETHING
ARIANA COHEN WAS AT THE CENTER OF THIS TOUCHING STORY.
YOU'LL ONLY SEE ON K-X-L-Y-4
AND SHE JOINS US LIVE NOW TO EXPLAIN.
ARIANA?WHAT THEY DID WAS REMARKABLE..
GRACE IS A SOPHOMORE AT GONZAGA PREP AND SHE WAS DIAGNOSED
WITH CANCER IN SEPTEMBER.
JUST AFTER ONLY A FEW WEEKS OF CHEERING WITH THE SQUAD.
GRACE PETRUSEK WAS EXCITED TO JOIN THE GONZAGA PREP
CHEER SQUAD FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.
She's such a kind and loving person and she just wants
to be an uplifting person you can always go : 8 Graces
best friend, cheerleader Brigid Reppti
HER FUN TIMES ON THE SQUAD QUICKLY CAME TO A HALT..
JUST A FEW MONTHS INTO THE FOOTBALL SEASON, THE 15
YEAR OLD WAS DIAGNOSED WITH HODGKINS LYMPHOMA...
09 it was devastating to hear..
She is a huge part of our squad really sad Gonzaga
Prep cheer coach, Adriana Berndt
9it was really hard I honestly immediately started
crying and hugged her and didn't imagine it didn't
feel like it was real Graces best friend, Brigid Reppti
EVEN THOUGH SHE ONLY CHEERED AT A HANDFUL OF FOOTBALL
GAMES-- SHE STILL RECEIVED TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FROM
HER COACH AND TEAMMATES..
:-- : 9it made her realize that people are fighting
with her and keep fightin the fight Adriana
BUT IT WAS THE GAME AGAINST LEWIS AND CLARK WHERE..THE
OPPOSING CHEER SQUAD DID SOMETHING
UNEXPECTED FOR GRACE.
IT STARTED WITH A SIMPLE IDEA...
: in class one day I brought it up about helping Prep
AND THEN A LIGHTBULB WENT OFF.
and so we thought why not get a sign and have all
the leaders in our school sign it so we had football
cheer and leadership sign for Grace :23: 14 9 Lewis
and Clark cheerleader, kennedy Nanger
just kind words to help her through tough situation
: 3Lewis and Clark cheerleader, kennedy Nanger
all of us girls just signed it and said we support
you and want to be there for you
TWO SIGNS MADE BY CHEERLEADERS ..GRACE HAS NEVER MET...
25 it was extremely heartwarming another school a
rival school take the time Gonzaga Prep cheer coach,
A SIGN THAT GRACE DIDN'T GET TO SEE BECAUSE SHE IS
IN THE HOSPITAL.
We knew she was here in spirit that day1 lewis and
clark cheer coach, Katie Salvaggio
A SIMPLE ACT OF GRACE...SPREAD ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA....
COMING TOGETHER FOR A YOUNG GIRL---WHO NEEDS HER OWN
CHEERLEADERS--NO MATTER WHAT SIDE OF THE FIELD THEIR
were opponents on the field but off the field were
all here for each other :48: 23Lewis and Clark cheerleader,
: W20 24
WELL I FEEL EVEN off the field and off the court we
build a sense of community in our district it doesn't
matter rivalry when someone else is in trouble it's
important to have someone to lean against and support
when hard things come upLewis and Clark cheerleader,
THE CHEERLEADERS TELL ME GRACE NOW HAS THAT SIGN IN
HER HOSPITAL ROOM.
GRACE AND HER FAMILY DID NOT WANT TO BE INTERVIEWED
ON CAMERA..SHE HAS ALREADY HAD TWO ROUNDS OF CHEMO
HER CHEER TEAMMATES AND OPPOSING TEAM MATES SAY THEY
ARE CONTINUING TO PRAY FOR HER..AND THAT SHE STILL
HAS A SPOT ON THE SQUAD FOR WHEN SHE COMES BACK
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