Sixteen-year-old Julia Sullivan of Aurora, Nebraska, dreamed of becoming a cheerleader. The teenager was born with no arms or legs and is a wheelchair user. She had tried out for her school’s cheer team several times, but she failed to make the grade.

When Linda Fox, coach of the Portland High School Cheer Team in Michigan found out about Julia’s dream, she and her team agreed they should help make Julia’s dream come true. They invited Julia to cheer at the team’s recent homecoming football game, and all resulting travel costs were covered by donations. Love Michiganders!

Read the uplifting story and watch video here.

Kudos to everyone involved for focusing on what Julia could do, and for Julia for not giving up on her dream. She plans to try out for her school’s cheer team again next year.

Focused on abilities.

Photo Judy Winter 2011