South Valley teen going viral, after sharing her love for her grandfather, on Twitter


Katie Cruz pulling back a curtain.

Moments later, a sweet cry from Everardo Lopez, as he recognized his beautiful granddaughter.

The two embracing; Cruz, prepared for her Quinceañera, that night.

“My grandpa was supposed to be in one of my dances, but since he has Leukemia cancer, he wasn’t able to,” Cruz said. “He realized it was me, and he started crying, which made me cry.

“So when he cried, I was like, this is so special to me.”

Cruz asked her family to go to the hospital before the event; she asked her brother, to take the video.

“Just to have that memory and to replay it, it’s just so heartwarming to me.”

Entering in this blue gown, which she says, made her feel like a true princess.

Something her grandpa also made her believe.

“He always made me pursue my education, he always told me, stay on your studies,” Cruz said. “He always guided me to the right direction, always to be positive, to be like him.”

Months later, Cruz’s grandfather passed away.

That, was two years ago.

Then, her Twitter profile was private.

Now, it’s public, and two days ago, she reshared her video, with a message in Spanish.

“I put, ‘Te quiro y te amo y extraño bastante abuelo,’ which means, ‘I love you, and I miss you, a lot.'”

The video, now seen more than half a million times.

“People are close to their grandfathers,” Cruz said. “All this emotion that comes from different people, it’s crazy.”

To those who still have their loved ones, Cruz’s message is clear.

“They should appreciate more, and spend more time with them,” Cruz said. “Because they’re all we have, and they’re the ones showing us to be good in life.”

Remember how Cruz said her grandfather was always motivating her to pursue her education?

Today she registered for her first college classes, at West Hills College in Lemoore.

Full circle.

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