Middle school cheerleader kicked off squad due to frequent cancer treatments, family says

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Girl Kicked Off Cheerleading Squad Because of Cancer Treatments

CHARLOTTE, NC — A cheerleader in North Carolina was kicked off the squad because her cancer treatments allegedly interfered with her ability to be a team player.

Allison Hodge is 12 years old and attends Granite Falls Middle School.

She is also fighting cancer.

Allison was diagnosed with High risk type B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Feb. 23, 2015.

Allison was allowed on the cheerleading squad at the beginning of the year, with everyone being fully aware that she was fighting cancer, according to her grandmother, Janice Clark.

But Allison was allegedly kicked off the team for having to attend frequent cancer treatments.

"They said since she could not come to school because she has to go every week down to Levine's Children Hospital in Charlotte, NC to have Chemo, she could not be a team player," Clark wrote.

Clark says that the hospital has given Allison the go-ahead to do cheers, as long as she 'doesn't get into towers and takes it easy.'

"In fact, they consider this a good physical therapy. It is good for her muscles and keeps her from laying in bed getting sores," Clark wrote.

The squad not only removed Allison from the team, they also asked her to turn in her uniform.

"They have really upset Allison and as if she does not have enough to deal with fighting cancer."

As people shared Allison's story, support flooded in from all over the country. Enough support, in fact, that the school changed its mind after only three days.

Allison has been asked to re-join the squad. Her first day back will be Friday, Sept. 11.

"We want to thank everyone for their support and love...Remember friends, when we all stand together there is no race, sex, national origin, we are as one," Allison's grandmother wrote in an update.

Allison's story was posted to a Facebook group, called Allison's Army, created to update people on Allison's journey. It has turned into a medium for anyone who has cancer, or knows someone who is fighting cancer, to post pictures or encouraging words.

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