Football players from Foothill High School in Palo Cedro, Calif., showed their support for a cheerleader fighting cancer with a touching, silent display of solidarity.
A video recorded by KRCR TV's Evan Schreiber and uploaded to Facebook shows all 57 players of the Foothill High School Cougars leaving an orange rose at the feet of Ashley Adamietz. According to KRCR, Adamietz has been undergoing daily chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia early last month. Both Schreiber and ESPN note that orange is the color associated with leukemia awareness.
KRCR reports that the gesture was organized by Foothill senior Ryan Caetano, who said, "(Adamietz is) part of the Cougar family, so why not let her know that we're all here for her? We are. So I wanted to let that be known to everybody, and especially to her, for what she's going through."
According to high school sports website Max Preps, Caetano is a defensive end for the Cougars.
Not only has Adamietz found support among her classmates, she's also found it among Foothill's rivals.
Adamietz has so far declined interviews with media outlets, including USA Today, but KRCR reports that she expressed her gratitude on Twitter, saying she was "shocked, overwhelmed, and over all speechless."
As a small gesture of support on behalf of the A Plus family for all who are fighting leukemia, we've slightly altered the color scheme on our cover photo for this article.
For more information on Leukemia and how to help, please visit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Web page.