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A 14-year-old girl with Down syndrome is giving fans something to cheer about


Fourteen-year-old Nora Donahue was born with Down syndrome, but she's not letting that hold her back. She just became a member of her school's seventh and eighth-grade cheer squad in St. Leon, Indiana.

Her mom, Pam Donohue is a teacher at the Indiana high school. She told WKRC News that ever said since Nora joined the squad, the other girls have embraced and rallied around her.

"She has her special needs friends, but it's nice to see her typical friends and to see them gather around and rally around her. It melts my heart. It's wonderful."
Pam Donohue, Nora's mom

Her teammates said that Nora brings energy to the squad and to fans.

"Nora is always just so much fun and energetic and always brings a smile to everyone's face," said teammate Karly Scholl.

They've had one game so far this season and according to the girls, the cheers they got from the crowd were the loudest they have ever heard.

Nora is a full member of the team. They even use her in a stunt.

"It shows a lot of courage because I'm scared to do football games sometimes, so for her to be able to do it, that's great," Scholl said.

"It's really great to see how much they love her and she just gives love right back," added Pam Donohue.

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