Saints cheerleader a 40-year-old mother of two
Kriste Lewis, a 40-year-old mother of two boys, is now a New Orleans Saints cheerleader. (NewOrleansSaints.com)
The newest member of the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad is a 40-year-old mother who has been battling a health condition for well over a decade.
Kriste Lewis fulfilled a lifelong dream that she would try out for the team when she turned 40.
"There were a lot of young, beautiful girls," Lewis told ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday. "It was a fear. I will not lie."
The native of Hattiesberg, Miss., participated in three rounds of tryouts for the Saintsations squad in April, and eventually was one of 36 women selected.
"The day I got the news I was really beside myself," she said. "It was really exciting."
The health condition Lewis has been battling was one of the main reasons the dance instructor signed up for the competition.
"Fourteen years ago I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease," Lewis said. "Eventually my kidneys will shut down (and) I will be in need of dialysis and in need of a transplant."
The married mother of two boys, ages 14 and 11, will make her NFL debut at the Saints' home opener in September.