10-Year-Old Girl Receives Touching Surprise From NJ State Troopers One Year After Losing Her Mom

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Ten-year-old Analise Farley-Ciszkowski has had an incredibly tough year. One year ago, the little girl lost her mom, Christy Farley, to cancer.

After the loss, Analise quit her favorite hobby — cheerleading — because it hurt too much to continue.

To lift the young cheerleader’s spirits, New Jersey state troopers surprised Analise with VIP tickets to Saturday’s highly anticipated college football game. Analise and her family rode in a limo to Yankee Stadium with a police escort. At the game, they got to meet Notre Dame cheerleaders.

“I’m really excited. I can’t believe I’m here,” Analise told PIX 11 on Saturday.

“Before we’re troopers; we’re human. We’re husbands, we’re fathers, and to be able to give back, it’s unbelievable,” state trooper Reinaldo Cruz Jr. explained.

Analise’s mother was one of the longest-living single-heart transplant recipients in the world. She was also Analise’s biggest cheerleader by far. After her death, Analise just couldn’t stomach the idea of cheering any longer.

But Saturday’s VIP experience made Analise excited enough to want to take up cheerleading again.

“I was really shocked. I really didn’t know what was going on; I thought this was all a dream,” she said.

“I’m going to just practice and keep smiling and do things for my mom.”

Analise’s grandmother, Charlotte Farley, joined her at the game.

“I’m happy that she’s having this opportunity, because it’s celebrating her mom’s life,” Charlotte said.

Footage provided by WPIX New York

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