TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) - Former Maine-Endwell star, Mia McCarthy finished her first year cheer-leading at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
She recalls her excitement cheer-leading at the college level.
"The best was my very first basketball game it was a huge game it was like a huge game, everyone was there and it was something like I've never experienced before," McCarthy told 12 News.
In that first year McCarthy helped the University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels to a National Championship.
"You never expect to be a national champion so every time I hear that it brings me back and is so amazing," she says.
A championship that was a bit more special for the freshman from Endwell.
She says that weekend was special for her because it was one year since she had been cancer free.
In 2019, McCarthy battled back from lung cancer to help the Spartans in the STAC Championships. Now, at end of the month she will head back to Las Vegas for year two.
She says, "We'll go back and quarantine for two weeks and we have to get a test, they stopped all voluntary workouts because a few athletes got COVID."
Only a year and a half removed from cancer, McCarthy said she is at a higher risk to contract the virus.
"I might not be able to handle it as much so I've defneitley been overly cautious and careful because I don't know how it would affect me," she says.
She said support of her coaches is the reason she can feel safe heading back.
"There's a lot of nerves with a lot of people but my coaches have done a good job at making me feel comfortable," she says.
That sense of comfort can help McCarthy focus on her goals. She says she hopes to win another ring.