40-Year-Old Woman Becomes New Orleans Saints Cheerleader
Like a fine wine, some things get better with age. This is the case for Kriste Lewis, 40-year-old mother of two and current NFL cheerleader.
Serving her church and community as a dance fitness instructor, the mother of two said she'd lost track of her love for dance until she began training for the NFL cheerleading team tryout.
"When you're an instructor, you're leading them in exercise," she said. "It's not just for you.
"I told my husband, 'Please remind me after this audition to not stop dancing.'"
A matter of health
Lewis doesn't just dance because she loves it -- it helps her stay healthy.
Lewis, whose family has a history of kidney issues, was diagnosed with kidney disease 14 years ago. After watching her mother's body reject a transplanted kidney twice, Lewis said she made the decision to live a healthy lifestyle and make the most of each day.
"Today is the day, not tomorrow," she said. "Wear your best shoes. Don't save that bottle of wine. Why are you hoarding that from yourself? … I know there is no cure for (my kidney disease), and I know that I will be on dialysis and in need of a transplant, but I could be killed in a car wreck tomorrow.
Read more at The Sun Herald.