LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A varsity cheerleader from Sulphur is on her way to perform in the 2011 Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida thanks to the help and support from her community.
Victoria Ryan has made All-American Cheerleader three years in a row and has been asked to perform in both the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and the Capital One Bowl last year. However, Ryan was unable to do so due to financial difficulties.
"It was very expensive and we just didn't have the money at the time," said Ryan.
This year, however, Ryan and her family were determined to attend the Capital One Bowl where Ryan would perform.
"I told her that her senior year if she makes it again that we will raise the money and we will all go and we did just that," said Cynthia Beverly, Ryan's mother.
Ryan and her family recently raised $4,000 by selling plate lunches, pecan candies, and collecting other donations from the Sulphur community. The funds allow Ryan, her mother, sister, and brother to attend the Capital One Bowl this year.
Ryan said this teaches her to always pursue her dreams even if they seem impossible.
"I've definitely had a lot of struggles and overcome a lot of things but like if you really want it you really have to dig deep and get," said Ryan. "If you're passionate about something, then the rewards will come."
Ryan leaves for Orlando, Florida on December 27th for the Capital One Bowl. Ryan will be performing a dance at half time with the other All-American Cheerleaders from all over the country. Ryan added that her dream is to become an LSU cheerleader upon graduation.