Last year, Natasha Gould was preparing to do something she had dreamed of for a long time.
She was going to tryout for the Calgary Stars Gymnastics and Cheerleading Club. But right around the time tryouts were scheduled to take place, something terrible happened: The 12 year old was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
“The realization that she wasn’t going to be able to tryout because the brain tumour caused weakness in her left side was devastating,” said Natasha’s mom, Saskia Gould.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas–the medical name for her cancer–often results in the tumour becoming interwoven with healthy cells, which is why they can’t be operated on. Fortunately, when word of Natasha’s situation got to the club’s owner, she decided to make the girl an honourary member.
Even though radiation treatments had left Natasha unable to pick up items with her left hand or even travel long distances, she agreed and began practicing with the team.
“I like encouraging people to go for their dreams,” she said.
On Saturday, all her hard work paid off when she got to perform for the Stampede City Showdown Competition at Mount Royal University. You can check out her routine in the video above.