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Buckley HS makes student with genetic disorder cheerleader for the day

“There’s a lot of things she can’t do, but the one thing she can do is give love,” her mother Terre Krotzer said. “She’s the light of our lives.”

BUCKLEY, Wash. -- A high school in Buckley granted a wish Friday by making a student with a chromosomal condition an honorary cheerleader for a day.

Krissy Krotzer, 18, was born with Trisomy 18. She is nonverbal, and has limited mobility. But she’s bubbly and not afraid to demand a kiss from her dad.

“There’s a lot of things she can’t do, but the one thing she can do is give love,” her mother Terre Krotzer said. “She’s the light of our lives.”

And her energetic personality has earned her a reputation as a little cheerleader at home.

“She has her own way of cheering,” Terre said. “She’s been a cheerleader since day one, that’s for sure.”

So it’s no surprise Krissy took a liking to the cheer squad at her school, White River High School in Buckley, where they have a special winter wish program for students.

That gave her friend Stacia Ruth an idea. The junior is on the cheer team, and asked the school to give Krissy a cheer uniform and make her an honorary cheerleader for a day.

“I figured that she’d love to be a part of it,” Stacia said. “I know she’s so cheerful.”

So Friday morning, in front of the entire school, Krissy took center court, and made her debut with the cheer squad. It was her moment to dance front and center. And it was a surprise for her parents.

“Very proud, both of her and of the people who put all this together,” her father Randy Krotzer said. “We think she’s amazing. So it did mean a lot.”

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