Emily Newton, a seventh grader at Pacific Trails Middle School, had the experience of a lifetime as an honorary Charger Girl at a game against the Oakland Raiders. The opportunity was made possible after her mother, Beth Newton, won during a live auction at a gala for the Ronald McDonald House. “Emily has type 1 diabetes and because of that, I try to create some special experiences for her,” shared Beth.

The game turned out to be a very special experience. Emily got her hair and makeup done with the Charger Girls and ran out with them at the beginning of the game. Her most memorable experience, though, was when Donald Butler nearly ran into her as he fell along the sidelines. When not on the sidelines at Qualcomm Stadium, Emily enjoys living with her family in 92130 and is an avid horseback rider. She and her mother also hope to be able to connect with other local teenage girls affected by type 1 diabetes.