DETROIT (WJBK) - The cheerleading team who lost their teammate in a tragic drowning while in Chicago for a competition will leave for a national tournament in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday after a local business owner couldn't ignore his daughter's pleas to help.
The cheerleaders from the Police Athletic League's West Side Cubs talked to FOX 2 on Tuesday about their attempt to raise enough money to go to Florida to honor 9-year-old Adriana Douglas. The young girl drowned while they were staying at a Chicago hotel for a competition.
The team vowed that they would make it to nationals and dedicate their run to her.
Michael Hager stepped up. The discharged Marine and owner of a Metro PCS store couldn't resist his little girls - who are also cheerleaders.
When they asked to help, he stepped up and paid the rest of the tab to get the girls on a flight leaving Detroit for Orlando at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon.
"She's up in heaven, cheerleading for the Lord," league organizer Vanessa Jackson said Tuesday. "They want to go there in her honor."
If the girls would have been unable to get there by Thursday night, the team would have to forfeit.
Police are continuing to investigate the drowning incident at the hotel in Chicago. At this time, there's no evidence of any malfunction with the swimming pool.