CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Kierra Sunris is one cool girl. She started at Marvin Ridge Middle School this year and loves it. She made the 6th grade cheerleading squad.
"The coaches are awesome for helping her," says her dad Robert. "The fans always love to see her on the field. We're really proud of our girl."
I was lucky enough to get to hang with Kierra earlier this year. We were at the MDA Charlotte event. Kierra has Ulrich Myopathy, a collagen deficiency in her muscle structure. There's a spectrum of these collagen disorders… Kierra's dad says she's probably a 6 on a scale of 1-10.
It's not life-threatening but does limit mobility in her arms, legs and create overall muscle weakness.
Few other pictures here. One with her brother Aiden and the other of a heartfelt "biography poem" she created for her 6th grade class.
Kierra's mom, Wendy, is also a breast cancer survivor. Six years and counting.
"We've been able to see people with all kinds of medical realities," Robert said. "But since you met Kierra in June, I thought you'd like to hear this fun update about the squad. She has really enjoyed school so far this year."
It's a great #MollysKids update, Robert. Thanks for sending.
You're beautiful, Kierra. Keep cheering for others -- others are cheering for you.
*Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Gr antham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first
published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story (and updates on all #MollysKids) here.