Omi (pronounced oh-me) the national recording artist, will perform his summer smash hit “Cheerleader” & new song “Hula Hoop”. He’ll do so alongside the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, as well as breast cancer survivors.
Those survivors will have their biggest “cheerleaders” with them as well: their family and friends who helped them in their cancer battle. There will be 20 breast cancer survivors dancing with the cheerleaders. Each survivor has a special “cheerleader” of their own, who stood by them and supported them during their respective battles with the disease. Their dance will honor those special people in their lives.
For Billie Froggatt of Porter, Texas, her husband and two daughters were the “cheerleaders” in her fight against breast cancer.
“They never let me give up and encouraged me to fight the battle of my life,” Froggatt said.
Froggatt and the other 19 survivors went through a practice on Monday Night at the Houston Methodist Training Center. Afterwards, they were treated to a dinner at Pappasito’s, and were surprised by quarterback Ryan Mallett. It was meaningful to them, and meaningful to Mallett as well.
“That was a lot of fun,” Mallett said. “They weren’t expecting it, that’s for sure. I thought I was going to get tackled harder than the game. We had a good time.”
One of Mallett’s grandmothers is a breast cancer survivor, so raising awareness about the disease is something he explained “holds close to my heart”.
Cindy Mixon of Lake Jackson is also excited about the upcoming performance, and can’t wait to take in the game and dance at the half.
“Words cannot express the emotions that are going through me at this time,” Mixon said. “It’s great to be able to do this and to give hope to others who are going through this journey that they too are survivors!”
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will lead the Texans out of the tunnel as the Homefield Advantage Team Captain.