My name is Stephany and I am a coach for Flyers All-Starz in Montreal. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of ’98. She battled with this illness for 12 years, and despite all her treatments, doctors appointments and surgeries she managed to be my biggest fan throughout my entire cheerleading career, always supporting me at every showcase and competition. My mother lost her battle with cancer in December of 2010, the same year I had finally made it onto a worlds team and was ready to make my dream a reality. Loosing a mother is the hardest thing anyone can ever experience, she was my everything, my best friend and to know that she wouldn’t be able to see me compete on that stage in Disney World was devastating.
My 2010-2011 cheerleading season became bitter sweet, cheerleading helped me cope and don’t know how I could have made it through without my coaches and team mates. Once at worlds, ready to compete with my all-girl level 6 team I knew my mom was by my side and my performance would be for her. I know for a fact that she looked over me and my team, after an amazing first run and feeling like our goals had been accomplished, we managed to make it to day 2 and leave our hearts of the floor for a second time. s. Winning worlds felt like a dream, one I could have never accomplished without my mother, her unconditional love and support that allowed me to continue my passion. I cheer for my mom, Sandee Fusco, because she always cheered for me and also for every other woman out there who has had to face this terrifying disease, stay strong we are in this together.
Sincerely, Stephany De Rosa