High school football players show support for cheerleader battling cancer with sweet surprise

PALO CEDRO, Calif. — People who love sports understand that it’s sometimes more than just a game or a competition.

A group of California high school football players recently demonstrated that when they surprised one of the school’s cheerleaders with a sweet gesture to show their support as the young girl battles leukemia, KRCR reports.

According to KRCR, all 57 members of the team each laid an orange rose at the feet of Ashley Adamietz. Orange is the designated color for leukemia awareness.

KRCR reports that Adamietz, who is a senior, was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in early August. According to Adamietz’s cheer coach, she has been going through daily chemotherapy treatment.

“We took care of family business, before we took care of business on the field,” Foothill High School’s head football coach Joey Brown said.

Senior football player Ryan Caetano planned the surprise, KRCR reports.

“She’s part of the cougar family, so why not let her know that we’re all here for her,” Caetano told KRCR. “We are. So I wanted to let that be known to everybody, and especially to her, for what she’s going through.”

Adamietz later tweeted that she was, “shocked, overwhelmed, and speechless,” KRCR reports.