Brigitte Kaiser has endured more in her eight years than most people do in a lifetime.
The Tewksbury, Mass., second-grader has Noonan syndrome, a genetic defect characterized by heart defects and bleeding problems, among many other symptoms. Brigitte also has learning disabilities and was the first person in the world diagnosed with a TUBB2B gene defect.
But Brigitte also has cheerleading.
Because she has spent over 400 nights at Boston Children’s Hospital undergoing 32 surgeries, Brigitte has missed out on a lot of socialization with other children. But Tewksbury Youth Football welcomed the one-of-a-kind little girl with open arms.
“She’s everybody’s biggest cheerleader,” Brigitte’s mother, Shannon Kaiser, told NESN’s Nikki Reyes. “She cheers for all the teams. She’s the mayor, so everybody knows who Brigitte is. And she’s right down there on the field. She knows all the kids by name, and they know her, so it’s mutual.”
The Kaiser family is thankful for everything Tewksbury Youth Football has done for them — their son, Jake, also plays on one of the teams — and believes their support has helped Brigitte progress toward living a completely normal childhood.
“Everyone along the way has just brought her up to be where she is today, and she’s responded by just giving it all back,” said Bryan Kaiser, Brigitte’s father.
Hear more about Brigitte’s story in the video above.