Memorial Celebrates Life of High School Cheerleader

by Wes Mayer


Jeff Leo

Madeleine's bullhorn with roses in top and balloons with her pom poms at the bottom is placed where the cheerleaders stand to cheer on the crowd.

Hundreds of friends, family members and neighbors gathered inside Crossroads Church Sunday afternoon to remember Madeline McTier, who passed away Tuesday.

The memorial service was given by Pastor Ken Adams, lead pastor at Crossroads Church. Adams made it clear straight away that the memorial was not only about the loss of a loved one, but about the celebration of a wonderful life — a life that is not over, but has only just begun. Adams could only describe McTier with one word, amazing.

McTier passed away Tuesday after her 18-month battle against brain cancer came to an end. She was 17 years old, but according to Adams, she was an amazing woman. Adams described McTier as always being full of hope, happiness and faith — a faith she first acquired at age 6 and never let go of.

Adams used McTier’s Twitter account to recall her greatest joys of life. She loved cheerleading, Bama, Disney, friends, cousins and most of all, her two brothers, mother and father. Adams said he found the most often used word on her Twitter feed to be “miss.” There will be many people missing her, and she will be missing many people.

Songs were sung that brought tears to the eyes of most in attendance, and words were read describing McTier as a hero because of the woman she was. Adams closed by saying McTier would doubtlessly wish everyone to continue having faith and not to worry. A slideshow of McTier with all her friends, family members and loved ones ended the memorial.

The Miracle for Madeline event will be held at Crossroads Church next Sunday. The event will include games, live music, vendors, a silent auction and raffle, a motorcycle show and a motorcycle ride. All proceeds of the event will go into The Madeline Fund, which will make contributions to organizations and charities to honor McTier’s life.

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