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PUEBLO CO. — The Pueblo group is cheering on one in every of their very own. It is for a neighborhood highschool cheerleader who was just lately recognized with a uncommon kidney illness.
On Thursday night, a fund-raising occasion will happen for Izzabella Martin, a 15-year-old who was recognized with Nephronophthisis Kind 1 in July. The illness impacts almost one in one million.
“It was overwhelming. I did not know if my life would keep common, and if I’d be capable to do cheer nonetheless,” stated Izzabella, who talked about she will get blood work carried out each two weeks. “However I’ve carried out fairly good. I’ve tried to remain to as regular of a life as I can, and I nonetheless get pleasure from all my hobbies and I nonetheless hangout with buddies.”
Her situation hasn’t stopped her from having fun with being a teen. This yr, the 10th grader started cheering for Pueblo County Excessive College.
“After we came upon about her situation, we knew as a group we needed do one thing to assist her and her household and what can we do finest, however cheer?” stated Della Tafoya, Izzabella’s cheer coach. “Since she discovered concerning the occasion, each apply she simply comes and tells me ‘thanks,’ however actually it is her we have to thank for simply being so optimistic. She at all times got here to apply with a smile, she nonetheless involves apply with a smile, and he or she works extremely laborious.”
For Izzabella, she has a message for these on the market, who could also be going via their very own well being points.
“When you’re going via this situation or any situation, the very best factor that has helped me is simply speaking to folks about it. It is okay in case you cry or get stated, nevertheless it has helped me develop as an individual,” stated Martin. “I want to thank everybody for serving to me via this. It has been laborious, nevertheless it’s very nice to have everybody assist me.”
Medical doctors say Izzabella wants a kidney transplant throughout the subsequent six to 12 months. All the proceeds raised on the occasion will go towards her and her household to cowl medical bills.
The fund-raising occasion will happen on the soccer subject at Pueblo County Excessive College. There will likely be meals and a silent public sale. Admission is $5.
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