40-Year-Old Mother With Life-Threatening Disease Becomes An NFL Cheerleader
40-year-old Kriste Lewis is one hot mum!!! The native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the mother of two sons ages 14 and 11. Though, she lives with a life-threatening kidney disease, but she can dance - which isn't all that surprising given her experience as a dance instructor.
Lewis has always wanted to be a cheerleader. At 40, she realized that dream after auditioning for the New Orleans Saints this past April and she was one of the 36 women selected to be part of the cheerleading team.
Two things that set Lewis apart is that she is a mother of two and also a 40-year-old woman. It's so amazing that at her age, she is still able to make those dance moves as "flawless" as a "typical" cheerleader would do.
In this video, she told ABC News "There were a lot of young, beautiful girls [at tryouts]," she said. "It was a fear. I will not lie. Fourteen years ago I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease," she said. "Eventually my kidneys will shut down [and] I will be in need of dialysis and in need of a transplant. That had a lot to do with me auditioning as well. I didn't want to waste a day."
The courageous wife, competed with ladies between the ages of 18 and 30, but outperforming a field of younger ladies was the least of Lewis' concerns.
Her 11-year-old son, Rob had this to say "I'm especially proud that she made it and she’s the best mom a child could have." His older brother, Jake, said his friends are "really jealous" of him after learning his mom will be on the field with the Saints.
"It's just amazing to watch her dance," added her husband, Lewis.