Football Players Surprise Cheerleader Battling Cancer

One by one, members of the football team walked in and placed an orange rose at Adamietz feet, as she stood completely moved by their gesture.

Foothill High School cheerleader Ashley Adamietz was recently diagnosed with leukemia and has been undergoing regular chemotherapy sessions ever since.During last week’s football game, members of the football team surprised the young woman when they walked onto the field, one by one, and placed an orange rose at her feet. Adamietz stood with her hand covering her mouth, absolutely humbled and moved by the team’s gesture, as she received 57 flowers in total.

Orange rose represents leukemia awareness.

Senior football player Ryan Caetano, who planned and executed everything, said: “She’s part of the Cougar family, so why not let her know that we’re all here for her. I wanted to let that be known to everybody, especially to her, for what she’s going through.”

The team’s coach, Joey Brown, has also been extremely supportive of Adamietz and her illness. He tweeted:



Social media users are showing the young woman they are standing with her throughout her battle with leukemia through the hashtag #AshleyStrong.

The kind act by the high school football team even inspired a rival school to wear orange to honor Adamietz in an upcoming game.


The cheerleader, understandably touched by her team, tweeted: “I was shocked, overwhelmed and over all speechless. I can’t thank you enough to both teams for making my first game one to remember and making me cry tears of joy.”

Find out more in the video above.

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