Killeen ISD student gets surprise visit from Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy


This Valentine’s Day is one an 11-year-old girl from Killeen will remember forever.

Kayla Rae was born premature and is deaf, partially blind, has mild cerebral palsy and autism and like many Texans, she and her entire family bleed blue and white.

She is the biggest Dallas Cowboys mascot fan, and on Thursday, she got to meet Rowdy.

“She had no idea, she just knew she was going to get an early birthday present didn’t know if it was a visitor or what it was,” said Martha Garibay Bartolo, Kayla Rae’s mother.

Her older brother is out at school in College Station and her dad is stationed in Kuwait, she thought the surprise might have been one of them.

“He was very happy that we were able to pull this off for her and kind of sad that he couldn’t be here for her,” said Garibay Bartolo. “I’m just glad that she seemed to enjoy it, like I said, she’s very shy but that’s her cowboy right there, isn’t that right?”

It was an especially emotional day for mom.

“We just wanted to do something different for her and surprise her and make it something that she will remember,” said Garibay Bartolo.

Because she knows, Kayla Rae will remember this Valentine’s Day forever.

“What do you want to say to Rowdy?” “Thank you?” said Garibay Bartolo.

“Thank you,” said Kayla Rae.

The surprise only took about a week to plan out.

Kayla Rae turns 12-years-old in exactly one week.

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