Virginia teen doesn’t let muscular dystrophy stop her from being a full-fledged cheerleader.
Kayla Allen was in third grade when she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. The disease, which gradually obstructs muscle movement, has taken away her ability to walk as it progressed. Still, nothing could take away Allen’s ability to cheer, and she proves that on a daily basis with her involvement in the Dinwiddie High School junior varsity cheerleading team in Dinwiddie, VA. Despite being in a scooter, Allen has no problems showing her school spirit, and she loves the camaraderie that her team engenders.
When her daughter was first diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, Allen’s mother Celestine Jackson cried for an entire weekend. Eventually, however, Jackson realized that she had to stop pitying Allen and focus on the fact that her life could still be as full as anyone else’s. Suddenly, her goals for her daughter all revolved around trying to help her lead as “normal” a life as possible.
Allen had always enjoyed watching her friends cheer in elementary school, and she knew