Leah Still embodies what it truly means to be a fighter. The daughter of NFL lineman Devon Still has emerged victorious in her fight against pediatric cancer.
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In a happy announcement made on Instagram, Devon happily said that Leah has finished her last round of cancer treatments. The brave little girl has exhibited great strength throughout her 20-month fight with the deadly disease.
“Words can’t describe how proud I am of this girl,” Devon captioned the photo.
Leah was initially diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in 2014. Her father had always been supportive, but he credits Leah as the real “victor” here.
Leah, who had been given a slim 50-50 chance of survival, has defied the odds.
“I want to thank everyone who followed us as I documented her fight on social media. The amount of support we received was beyond amazing! I can honestly say that you all made a big difference,” Devon added. “No matter how hard it got or how painful the treatments were (and it was pretty bad a lot of the times) she never gave up!”
Leah had made numerous appearances, becoming the image of pediatric cancer. She has graced the runway strutting to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” in the Levi’s Kids Fashion Show and appeared in a heartwarming video called Truly Brave starring Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper.
The inspiring little girl also raised millions of dollars for cancer research and won an ESPY Award for her bravery. Leah is also behind the children’s book Leah Strong.
Leah shares the same dream as her dad to one day enroll in Penn State as a cheerleader. “I’d like to be a cheerleader at Penn State because my dad went there,” Leah told Today Show host, Roberts.
Her father, Devon Still, needed to find a new team after his contract with the Cincinnati Bengals ended. The team has kept Devon so he can use the health benefits for Leah’s cancer treatment. He feels nothing but respect for his former team who donated a million-dollar paycheck to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital from sales of Devon’s number 75 football jersey.
Still was signed by Houston Texans on January 6, 2015, for a reserved future contract.