Kriste Lewis, a 40-year-old mother of two, is the newest member of the New Orleans Saints' Saintsations cheerleading squad.

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Lewis joined Fox and Friends to share how her age and health issues motivated her to make her lifelong dream of becoming an NFL cheerleader a reality.

“This was my 40th birthday," Lewis said. "It was a milestone birthday, and I wanted to celebrate. I wanted to celebrate life, and I wanted to celebrate health. And especially with my diagnosis with PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), it was important to me because my next milestone birthday at 50 could possibly include dialysis or even a kidney transplant. So, I wanted to make the most of this milestone birthday.”

In addition to doctors who monitor her condition and prescribe medication, Lewis is supported by cheerleaders of her own from her “house full of boys,” including sons aged 14 and 11, as she performs at Saints games and community events for the 2014-15 NFL season.

“It’s gonna be a blast. We’re ready to go,” she said.

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