Science Cheerleaders at SAVE JON Event with Mike Ditka in Chicago

Save JON SciCheers

Hello, Science Cheerleader fans! Today, SciCheers Ashley, Brandi, Jo, and Teleza will be flying into Chicago from across the country to participate in the SAVE JON, an event to support research on a rare liver and bile duct disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC).

SAVE JON is holding their “Game Changer” event in Union Station in Chicago, where it will be hosted former Chicago Bears Head Coach Mike Ditka in honor of NFL legend (and one of my hometown favorite players) Walter Payton. Payton died from bile duct cancer associated with PSC over 15 years ago, but many people don’t know that the cause of Payton’s illness was PSC.


Ashley, a former Orlando Magic Dancer, works at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Brandi, who cheered for the Indianapolis Colts, has a  Master’s of Public Health Administration.

Jo, formerly a cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens, is an environmental engineer. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology with a minor in Meteorology from Marshall University.

Teleza cheered for the Washington Redskins. She has a biology degree (with a chemistry minor) and is presently teaching science to 7th and 8th grade students.