40-Year-Old Mom Defies Odds Becomes a Saintsations

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She has the moves and the looks, but one of the newest women to call herself a Saintsation had two things going against her — her age and her health. But both she said kept her pushing even harder.

Kriste Lewis is 40-years-old and a mother of two boys, ages 14 and 11.

When the longtime dance instructor turned 40 she decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and tried out for the New Orleans Saintsations this past April.

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“There were a lot of young, beautiful girls,” Lewis told ABC News of her competition, who ranged in age from 18 to 30. “It was a fear. I will not lie.”

Lewis was not just fighting against her age but also against a health issue.

“Fourteen years ago I was diagnosed with polysistic kidney disease,” she said. “Eventually my kidneys will shut down [and] I will be in need of dialysis and in need of a transplant.”

But Lewis wasted no time in capturing the judges’ attention. After three rounds of tryouts, Lewis found out she was one of 36 women selected for the 2014-2015 Saintsations team.

“The day I got the news I was really beside myself,” Lewis said. “It was really exciting.”

Lewis is now looking forward to making her NFL debut at the Saints’ home opener at the Superdome in September.

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