Tahquitz High School cheerleader finds others cheering for him

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Tahquitz High School cheerleader Preston Christiansen next to a banner with messages of encouragement from his teammates at Sept. 30 football game. Valley News/Courtesy photo
As Tahquitz High School Titan cheerleader Preston Christiansen donned a football jersey to lead his football team onto the field for their game Sept. 30, he was the one who received the most applause and shouts from the bleachers and the field. Unbeknownst to him, his fellow cheer teammates planned a surprise “Who’s House? Preston’s House” recognition for the terminally ill 16-year-old. The Hemet junior was diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumors on Christmas Day when he was 10 years old but he has pursued his dreams in spite of pain and setbacks due to cancer treatments and surgeries for the past six years. “Running out from the tunnel leading the football team was a very memorable moment for me,” Preston said. “Then when I saw my cheer teammates, it made t
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