ABBY HEINRICH

ABBY HEINRICH

Let me start from the beginning and give you a little bit of my background. When I was three years old I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. This didn’t happen because of poor diet, it is because I carry hereditary antibodies and my body attacks my pancreas, which causes it to not break down sugars properly. Due to this diagnosis I wear an insulin pump and have been watched very closely to make sure my body is always doing what it needs to keep me going. One big thing that helps me keep my body functioning better is staying physically active. For this reason my parents help me by allowing me to participate in sports like soccer, karate, and swimming. I enjoyed these sports but they never fulfilled a void for me. 


When I was seven years old we discovered competition cheerleading, and I found my forever sport! Competition cheerleading is different from regular sideline cheerleading because we do not cheer on sports teams. Instead we work all season for ten months, on one routine that lasts two minutes and thirty seconds. We compete on stage at multiple competitions for four months in hopes that we will take home first place, and possibly a bid. A bid is an invitation to finals. Final’s take place in Florida every year in May, and is the highest honor in this sport.


I also compete as an individual performer and won international champion in 2016. In 2017 my team won a bid to Florida, but unfortunately my family could not come up with the funds to let me go with my team.  Armstrong racing this year allowed me to do sell bake good, and provided A cotton candy machine and popcorn Machine for me to do concessions at a their Easter Event as a way to support my cheer leading during the 2018 season. 

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