High school cheerleader attends her only game of the season before starting cancer treatment

This week was Savannah Gunn's only opportunity to cheer with her squad at an Iowa high school football game before starting her treatment to fight leukemia.


An Iowa teenager is urging her high school football team to keep fighting on the field while she fights her own battle off the field.

Savannah Gunn, a 14-year-old student at Ankeny Centennial High School, 20 minutes outside of Des Moines, was diagnosed with leukemia this summer.

Thursday was the only night she was able to cheer alongside her squad at the Ankeny High football game.

After the game, she and her family headed to the Mayo Clinic for three months of treatment.

"It means a lot because I get to be with all my friends, because I'm not able to go to school right now," Savannah said. "It's just so fun to be in the school environment when I can't actually go."

On Thursday, the whole team wore orange ribbons in their hair to support Savannah. The orange color represents leukemia awareness.