Jaycees Park in Westminster was filled with pink on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 20 during a ceremony to honor the life of Chloe Isaac.
Chloe was a member of the inclusion team of the Westminster Wildcats Football & Cheer Association. She was part of the team for one season before she passed away in April at age 5.
Her mother, Courtney, said Chloe loved being around other girls near her own age during cheerleading practice.
“It gave her some normalcy in her disability,” she said.
Chloe was born with Aicardi syndrome, a rare seizure disorder.
Members of the team blew bubbles as Chloe’s parents released a box of painted lady butterflies. One settled on Moser’s finger before flying heavenward.
The ceremony was organized by the Wildcats to fall near Chloe’s birthday, Sept. 10.
Her father, Kevin, said they had considered releasing balloons, but had decided on butterflies because “it’s releasing life.”
Members of the team shared poems and memories of cheering with Chloe before the butterflies took to the sky.
“She was a strong and wonderful girl that everyone admired,” one said. “Her smile lit up the whole world.”
“Chloe’s laughs were infectious,” another said. “Even though she is no longer with us, she will always and forever be a Wildcat.”
One of her teammates became choked up and started to cry as she spoke.
“Now that she has passed, I am following her legacy by cheering for her. I wish I was cheering with her, but I know she is cheering in heaven too.”
The Wildcats presented Chloe’s parents with her cheerleading uniform mounted in a shadowbox.
“The Wildcats went above and beyond to pay tribute and honor my granddaughter, said Nicole Andolino, Chloe’s grandmother.
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For every home game this season the cheerleaders will wear shirts in memory of Chloe.