“One of the things I really want to do is go back up to Riley and see the kids,” said Ariel. “And I feel like it’s a good opportunity when I’m at events to bring up cancer awareness.”
While it has been 12 years since Ariel went off of her treatment, she still feels the affects of the cancer. Ariel suffers from back pain and is limited in her physical activities. As part of the Shoals cheerleading squad, she is unable to tumble because of the surgery she went through.
“It has made her a very strong person,” said Retha.
“She has a positive outlook on wanting to help other people…and help the kids because she knows what they’re going through.”
For Ariel, she believes she has a responsibility as a role model both for kids and for the parents of children who are fighting cancer.
“I kind of feel a responsibility,” said Ariel.
“But, I feel like it’s a good responsibility to have because I can tell parents that their kid’s going to be ok. It’s going to be ok.”
Ariel Hert, Miss Martin County Fair Queen and Ellie Jarrett, Miss Daviess County Fair, will both be competing for the title of Miss Indiana State Fair queen Sunday against contestants from over 80 counties. The winner will reign over the 2014 Indiana State Fair.