CHEERING FOR ARIEL: Community steps up to support North cheerleader diagnosed with a brain tumor

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Ariel Roberts was enjoying life as a normal teenager by cheering on her team at athletic events, hanging out with her friends and attending many social gatherings.

Little did Roberts and her family realize that their lives were about to change.

In early January, doctors told the family that Roberts has an embryonal brain tumor that is inoperable. The news shocked Roberts, her parents Todd and Carrie, her sister Coral and the rest of the family.

For Ariel, a junior and varsity cheerleader at Columbus North High School, the long treatment journey has begun.

“I think everyone was in shock,” Carrie Roberts said. “Ariel has been a cheerleader there at North and weeks before that, she had been tumbling during football season and flying too. She’s always been so active and so healthy that it was kind of a shock to everybody.”

For the complete story and more photos, see Saturday’s Republic.