Football team shows support for cheerleader diagnosed with leukemia
Cheerleader Ashley Adamietz was deeply moved when each member of her school's football team dropped off a rose for her before their game.
Ashley, who was diagnosed with leukemia a month earlier, covered her mouth in surprise, as shown in a video shared on Facebook.
Each player of the team from Foothill High School in Palo Cedro, California placed a rose on the ground in front of Ashley as they entered the field before their game against Spanish Springs.
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Ashley was clueless that the football players prepared a surprise for her. She thanked them on Twitter.
"Tonight at the game I had no idea that the cheer & football team had planned for every football player to give me an orange rose (the color for leukemia)," she wrote.
"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 & making me cry tears of joy. I love Foothill High School," she continued.
NETIZENS MOVED BY ACT OF 'UNCONDITIONAL LOVE'
Her note of gratitude has been tweeted more than 100 times.
The Facebook video of the touching scene has been viewed 17 million times since it was posted two years ago. It has also been shared 280,000 times.
"Amazing! These young people know how to show respect! And compassion! Thank you coaches and parents for teaching them," commented Trudy May Branson-Doty.
"What a great [and] moving display of unconditional love! These young men found character and it will carry them far in their lives! Awesome job, guys!" wrote Marilee Durant Agajanian.
Ashley has been undergoing daily chemotherapy treatment.
Leukemia is cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system.
One treatment of leukemia involves a bone marrow transplant. This was the case of seven-year-old Adriana Aviles, whose reaction after meeting her bone marrow donor tug the hearts of many.