A cheerleader surprised her stepdad by ending her cheer routine holding a sign asking him to adopt her.
MaKayla, 15, from Ottawa Lake, Michigan, has had her stepdad, Zane Crawford, in her life since 2014.
Zane has treated MaKayla as his own daughter ever since her mom Brandy Crawford started dating him.
For the past few months, MaKayla’s bond with her stepdad had grown stronger, to the point she wished for Zane to adopt her.
When she suggested this to her mom, they knew they had to break the news in a special way on his birthday.
MaKayla is the captain of the varsity team alongside mom Brandy, who is the assistant coach, so they thought it would be a great idea to incorporate cheer into the surprise.
Zane always supports MaKayla at every cheer so they knew it would be the perfect time and place.
On September 24th, at MaKayla’s homecoming football game, she and the cheer team performed with Zane in the front row.
To end the cheer, the girls held MaKayla in the air as she lifted a sign with images of them together that read: “I know it’s your special day, let’s make it ours, will you adopt me?”
Zane looked up at MaKayla with a huge smile on his face as he was not expecting her request.
They rushed towards each other and hugged as Zane agreed to adopt her.
Mom Brandy said: “Seeing her get up there and waiting for Zane’s reaction was priceless.
“I love so much that she has let Zane into her life completely and that we both have him in our lives now.
“I hope others realize that family isn’t always blood, it’s the people that want you in their lives and accept you for who you are.”
Story via T&T Creative Media