Cheerleader's death inspires several to climb for Cystic Fibrosis

Published: Sep. 24, 2016 at 5:19 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2016 at 8:56 PM EDT
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Shawne Moorman (Source: WAVE 3 News)
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Shanae Moorman (Source: Facebook)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – "Climb for the 'L' of it" drew hundreds of people to take the challenge of climbing the stairs of the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, all to spread awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, or CF.
A few people at the event also had another special reason to be there, including Luke Chochola.

Chochola has known for a while now that he would be spending one Saturday morning trekking the steps at the stadium.
"Shanae was always involved in these climbs, she would always reach out to us to come to these every year so I want to make sure we still did it for her," Chochola said.
All in honor of former University of Louisville cheerleader Shanae Moorman. She was a cheerleader and battled Cystic Fibrosis. However, most importantly, she was Chochola's friend.

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"As her friends it's really important for us to really live what she was passionate about," Chochola added.
He and a handful of Shanae's other friends are all sporting white shirts that say #TeamShanae. They were climbing for what Shanae used to be most passionate about - bringing awareness to CF. CF is a disease that makes it hard to breathe but one that never stopped Shanae from doing anything.
"At an early age, I wanted her to know that she wasn't any different," Shanae's mother, Shawne Moorman, said. "I didn't want this disease to conquer her, I wanted her to know that she could play and she could be just like any other kid."
And she was, just like any other kid. It's obvious from Shanae's old cheerleading videos that none of the pain that came with the disease got in the way of her cheering or her smile.

Shanae was an inspiration to many, so much so that her friends decided to carry on her legacy even after the crash that took her life on Aug. 6.
"She would come to these events and she would come talk to everybody," Chochola said. "If you didn't know her she would make sure that you knew her."

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Her friends climbed to make sure she isn't forgotten.
"If I could say anything to Shanae, it would be 'thank you for being such a great role model and friend, for myself and all of us,'" Chochola added.
Each step led all the participants of the event closer to what Shanae fought for her 25 years of life.

All proceeds from "Climb for the 'L' of it" is going to the Cystic Fibrosis foundation.
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