Leah Still Completes 1-Year Cancer Free
At a tender age of 4, Leah was diagnosed with a stage 4 neuroblastoma. The disease usually affects children under 5 years and develops from infantile nerve cells found in several parts of the body.
On this great occasion, Devon Still celebrated his daughter's "second birthday" on social media. "I want to wish a Happy (2nd) Birthday to my baby, Leah," Still wrote on Instagram. "Today, March 25th, marks a year of her being in remission! A day she was given a second chance at life."
Before Leah underwent her tests, Still posted a picture of her, dressed her in a party attire to make her feel happy and lucky and help ensure positive outcome.
"She wanted to dress up pretty because if you look good you feel good and if you feel good you get good results," Still wrote on Instagram. "If that theory is right then I have nothing to worry about because she looks beautiful today."
Leah's cancer battle gained public attention after Still's NFL team, Cincinnati Bengals, terminated him from the team after two years. However, signed him back on the team the next day so that he can pay for Leah's cancer treatment.
Leah received treatment and exhaustive surgery for a year, and is now recovering. During her illness, Still said that he interacted with a lot of families who faced a hard time working and paying for their child's treatment.
"No one should have to choose between paying rent or their child's treatment," said the release, citing that it was after meeting these families that Still decided to create a charitable effort that would give grants to families affected by childhood cancers and "allow them to spend less time worrying about non-medical bills like mortgages and utilities, and more time supporting their child to a victorious fight against cancer."