40-Year-Old Woman Becomes Saints Cheerleader

Kriste Lewis defied the odds when she crossed auditioning for the football team off her bucket list.
2:32 | 07/15/14

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Now to the incredible story of a cheerleader who defied the odds in age and auditioned for the New Orleans saints cheerleaders and it was on kriste lewis's bucket list but she did more than audition. The mother of two, she danced and she made the squad. Yes. Check this out. Kriste lewis had the moves to rival any NFL cheerleader but there's something that sets her apart. I'm 40 years old and I'm a mom of two boys. As a 40th birthday gift to herself lewis a longtime dance instructor decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and try out for the New Orleans saintsations. Most of her competition between 18 and 30. There were a lot of young, beautiful girls. Reporter: And her age wasn't her only obstacle. 14 years ago I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. Eventually they'll shut down and I will be in need of dialysis and eventually a transplant. That had a lot to do with me auditioning as well and didn't want to waste a day. Reporter: And a waste it was not, after three rounds of tryouts it was a unanimous decision kriste made the team. It was exciting. Reporter: Now an official member of the saintsations, she said she's certain her daily workouts are helping her battle her health problems and can't wait to make her opening debut in September. I cannot wait to get to the superdome. I cannot wait for us to run out for that first time and we run on to that field. Reporter: On top of being the oldest cheerleader the saints have had on their roster she's now officially the cool mom among her son Trent. They're all jealous of me. I'm especially proud she made it and she's just the best mom a child could ever have. Reporter: A pride shared by her husband. It's just amazing to watch her dance. Reporter: And kriste herself who knows she's a living reminder to never give up on your dreams. I think as moms, we are hardwired to give and we give and we give and I think it's important just to kind of think back to what made you excited as a child. You know what, it's great to see someone who at the age of 40 battling the kidney disease she's battling, hey, I'm going to do something on my bucket list and made it happen. She said her husband's motto, fun and focus. Focus and fun and she did just that. A winning combination. Also, you know, yeah, they're boys, but they -- she's showing go for your dreams, anything is possible. Who dat.

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