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Community rallies for cheerleader after Thanksgiving Day car crash

Community rallies for cheerleader after Thanksgiving Day car crash


THE COMMUNITY IS RALLYING BEHIND THE FAMILY OF AN ALBUQUERQUE HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADER WHO’S FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE IN THE HOSPITAL … AFTER A CAR CRASH ON THANKSGIVING DAY. NEWS 13’S LYSEE MITRI SHOWS YOU HOW SCHOOLS FACING OFF ON THE BASKETBALL COURT TONIGHT… ARE JOINING TOGETHER TO SHOW SUPPORT. …3:12 rebound NATS ahs… THEY’RE OPPONENTS ON THE COURT… …4:35 dribbling NATS toward cam… BUT TONIGHT… BOTH SCHOOLS ARE SPORTING BULLDOG GREEN FOR ALBUQUERQUE HIGH CHEERLEADER VANESSA MENDOZA. … “She has a lot of broken bones, seven surgeries and… she’s fighitn”… SHE’S BEEN FIGHTING SINCE THANKSGIVING DAY … WHEN HER MOM SAYS MENDOZA WAS ON HER WAY TO DINNER. A CAR CRASH BROUGHT THE HOLIDAY TO A SCREECHING HALT. ANOTHER DRIVERS ACCUSED OF RUNNING A RED LIGHT. HE DIED… MENDOZA IS IN THE HOSPITAL… IN A COMA. … “She’s like my friend, my best friend … I miss her so much. I miss my baby”… THAT FAMILIAR FEELING HAS PERFECT STRANGERS REACHING OUT. … “I am just really here to give her family know that miracles do happen”… SAINT PIUS JUNIOR NATHAN BARKOCY WAS ALSO IN A COMA… AFTER A DISTRACTED DRIVER HIT HIM ON HIS BIKE IN JANUARY. THE SCHOOL RALLIED HIM TO RECOVERY. … “I don’t consider st pius a school. I consider it a family”… NOW THIS FAMILY SAYS IT OWES MENDOZA — THE CHEERLEADER FOR THE OPPOSING TEAM — THE SAME SUPPORT. … “We all hope that at some point we’ll actually get to meet this young lady that with other donations will go to mendoza’s family… IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL HALFTIME… FOLLOWING A SCHOOL DAY DEDICATED TO MENDOZA WITH HER SCHOOL’S GREEN, SHOWING UP ALL OVER SAINT PIUS’ CAMPUS. … “I just want them to pray for my daughter the help, all the love”… LYSEE MITRI, KRQE NEWS 13. BEFORE THE GAME EVEN STARTED TONIGHT… STUDENTS HAD ALREADY RAISED MORE THAN A THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE MENDOZA FAMILY. STUDENTS GAVE DONATIONS IN ORDER TO SWAP OUT THEIR USUAL SCHOOL UNIFORMS FOR JEANS AND GREEN SHIRTS. TESTS RESULTS SHOW A

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