Penn State Cheer Is Leah Strong

Beat cancer? Check.

Next goal? Become a Penn State cheerleader.

Five-year-old Leah Still, daughter of former Penn State football star Devon Still, told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America that since shes beaten stage IV neuroblastoma, she’s looking to the future, including her plans for college. “I’d like to be a cheerleader at Penn State because my dad went there,” she said on the show in January.

Recently, Leah got a taste of what that would feel like, as she joined the Nittany Lions spirit squad on the sidelines for their annual spring game. Leah danced and cheered with the Penn State cheerleaders, helping lead the fans in a chant of “Let’s Go State!” with her very own set of white poms. And she was a hit!

“The littlest cheerleader left the biggest impression,” wrote the Washington Post. “She won everyone over with her display of spirit.”

Even better, this past March, Leah’s family celebrated her being cancer-free for one year – definitely something to cheer about.

Diagnosed in June 2014, Devon famously documented Leah’s treatment through social media in part to help other families suffering through the same experience. He offered encouragement to those parents during the GMA interview, saying, “Just don’t give up. There are a lot of dark spots. But if you keep the right mind frame, you can make it through anything.”

Sounds like a good mindset to teach an aspiring cheerleader, doesn’t it?

You can watch Leah lead the crowd during the Blue-White game here.

– Jennifer Deinlein
photos via PennLive