Makayla Noble Update As Paralyzed Cheerleader Marks 5 Months Since Accident

Makayla Noble, the high school cheerleader who was paralyzed in a freak accident last year, marked five months since her accident on Sunday.

Noble, who lives in Prosper, Texas, suffered a severe spinal cord injury on September 20, 2021, while practicing tumbling—an acrobatic form of gymnastics—for a homecoming performance at a friend's house.

The world champion cheerleader tried to do a routine flip but ended up landing on her neck, damaging her C6 vertebra. This left her paralyzed from the chest down and unable to mover her hands.

Since the accident, thousands of people have been following her story online and the family has also received an outpouring of support from people in their north Texas community, and much further afield.

The five-month anniversary of Noble's accident came as a fundraiser set up to raise money for the family reached nearly $220,000 in donations.

Noble spent the weekend of her five-month anniversary at an event hosted by clothing brand Rebel Athletic Cheer in Atlanta, Georgia.

"It's been a big day for Mak! Wrapping up an amazing weekend with Rebel Athletic Cheer, we are so thankful for this opportunity and everything Rebel has done!," the Noble family said in an update posted to the Makayla's Fight Facebook group on Sunday.

"Today marks 5 months since Mak's accident and for her, it was amazing to spend it with so many of her cheer friends and people who lift her up! Normally this anniversary day can be hard and full of emotions, today was different for Mak! Thank you to all of you who have loved and poured into Makayla this weekend."

Noble has previously spoken about how the monthly anniversaries of her accident have been difficult days emotionally.

On the four-month anniversary of her accident, Noble posted a video to Instagram in which she said that it had been "a pretty rough day."

"A lot of emotions are hitting me, realizations, and just kind of grieving the things that I've lost in the last four months, [and] not been able to do."

The teenager added that she had not wanted to make the video because being vulnerable is "really hard, especially when you're sad and upset."

"But I know it's so important to be vulnerable, because it's just as important to share the bad times as it is the good. So here I am making this video," she said.

On Saturday, the family said in another update that Noble was able to meet one of her biggest role models at the event—reality TV star and author Sadie Robertson.

In a video message to her followers that was posted to Instagram at the event, Noble said: "Hey everybody, I'm here at Rebel and I just wanted to say ... thank you for all of you guys and all the support you've shown me and everybody here, it's absolutely incredible."

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Makayla Noble, the 17-year-old high school cheerleader who was paralyzed in a freak tumbling accident. Cedarbook Media