Makayla Noble Update As Texas Cheerleader Ready to 'Move Forward' With Recovery

The family of Makayla Noble, the Texas high school cheerleader who suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident in September, has said her condition is improving and that it is ready to move on to the next stage of her treatment.

Noble, 16, was injured on September 20 while performing an acrobatic form of gymnastics known as tumbling.

Her case has received an outpouring of support with her family issuing regular updates on her condition.

On Sunday, October 10, Noble's family issued a statement via the Makayla's Fight Facebook group in which they said the cheerleader had "a great day," adding: "The X-rays from her lungs came back and we are all clear to move forward.

"She was in her wheelchair for two hours today—that's the longest so far—and was able to do some physical therapy!

"Thank you for all the prayers on our next steps. We have decided and will be moving Mak soon."

In previous updates, the family had been waiting for the cheerleader's condition to improve before moving her from a hospital to a rehabilitation center.

On the latest news, Facebook followers responded to the positive development. "Love this update," said one. "Awesome job on being up for two hours."

Another wrote: "So happy today was a great day! Keep on moving on Mak!"

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page to support Noble's recovery had gained nearly $170,000 thanks to donations as of Monday morning.

Tiffany Smith, the organizer behind the fundraising effort, wrote in an update earlier on Monday: "Thank you everyone for your incredible support. While we wish we could respond to each donation, we see you and we feel the prayers and love you that you're sending our way.

"These contributions will be such a blessing to Mak and her fight towards recovery."

One person who donated to the cause commented: "As a coach, I'm inspired by your fight."

Speaking to Texas news outlet Fox 4 News KDFW over the weekend, Noble's father, Greg Noble, said his daughter's handling of her accident and injury so far has been "inspiring," adding: "I am so proud of her."

The outlet reported that doctors think it's too early to tell whether the cheerleader will walk again due to her injury.

According to the cheerleading blog Omnicheer, tumbling is a form of gymnastics in which athletes flip, twist, roll, and jump, and is most often used in cheerleading competitions and during gymnastics routines at the Olympics.

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A stock photo shows pompoms being held by a cheerleader. Support continues to flow in for Makayla Noble as she recovers. mhodges/Getty