The Sabine Pass cheerleaders are cheering for a special cause this football season, they are raising awareness for childhood cancer.
Specifically, they are rooting for 3-year-old Austyn Halter to win her one year battle with AML7, a form of Leukemia only 1.2 percent of all new cancer fighters are diagnosed with according to cancer.gov.
A season long tribute that gains momentum during September, national childhood cancer awareness month.
"Peace, Love, cure childhood cancer,” Cheer Coach Ashleigh Deslotte said.
Her girls have spent the first three games of the season yelling, screaming and holding signs in support of Austyn and that raise awareness for pediatric cancer.
"The Halters are Sabine Pass,” the coach said. “We're a small school, were a small town. We really are family. So we just do anything we can to support them.”
Support that Austyn’s father Josh said has kept their spirits going through this time.
“It's truly heartwarming,” Josh Halter said. “There are aren't even words to describe how thankful we are. Their love and support have helped us through this rough year and we look forward to bringing our miracle girl back home. It’s been extremely hard on all of us. Being so far away and going weeks without seeing one another has been tough. Austyn, however is the glue that holds our family together. If she can put on a brave face day in and day out, then we as her parents will do the same. Through this our faith has grown even stronger than before and we as a family have grown our relationship with god. We feel extremely blessed that Austyn’s story has touched so many hearts. We are honored and grateful for the outpouring of love and support shown by our outstanding community and surrounding communities.”
Deslotte said only four percent of cancer research funding goes to childhood cancer. She is glad she can use her platform at football games to bring awareness to an issue on the minds of many in Sabine Pass.
“It's my goal that no child will have to go through this,” the coach said.
The cheer coach said starting this week the football team will have gold ribbon decals on their helmet, supporting childhood cancer awareness.
Supporters are using #AustynStrong on social media to support the young girl.
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