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Teen Realizes Why Cheerleader Was Crying, Acts Quickly

It's hard when a loved one is in the military. You are very proud of the sacrifice they're making for their country, however the long stretches away from them can be sad. One little girl whose dad couldn't be with her at a special school event broke out in tears. A kind stranger saw her, and unexpectedly filled in for the absent father.

Addie Rodriguez, 9, is a cheerleader for her Texas school. One day the fathers of the cheerleaders were called to join their daughters on the field, and Addie began to cry. Her father, Senior Airman Abel Rodriguez, was a thousand miles away training at Travis Air Force Base in California for yet another deployment.

“It was really heartbreaking to see your daughter standing out there being the only one without their father, knowing why he's away," said Addie's mother, Alexis. "It's not just an absentee parent. He's serving our country.”

A high school student who didn't even know the Rodriguez family happened to be in the stands. He noticed Addie was upset so he felt compelled to go to her.

“I ran down from the bleachers and I just hopped the fence, and I went over, and I kneeled down. I talked to her and I said, ‘Are you OK?’” said Matthew Garcia.

The senior offered to take her dad's place, and hoisted Addie on his shoulders. At first, Alexis became alarmed when she saw a strange young man picking up her daughter. Then she realized what he was doing. "My heart just melted. It was just the most beautiful thing.”

Addie says she felt like Garcia was 'saving her life.’ This one simple gesture made her day.

Source: IJ Review
Photo: Mad World News

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