The story of Devon Still and his daughter, Leah, rose to fame in the summerof 2014 and finally reached its beautiful conclusion some 19 months later.
Still took to social media to announce Leah was dischargedfrom the hospital for a final day Monday night, marking the victory in her fight against cancer.
In an Instagram post today, Still wrote,
With Leah finishing her last therapy last night, I can really say my daughter BEAT CANCER! Words can’t describe how proud I am of this daughter. 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!
His full statements accompanied a scene detailing, presumably, Leah’s last stretch of treatment.
With Leah finishing her last therapy last night, I can really say my daughter BEAT CANCER! Words can’t describe how proud I am of this girl. No matter how hard it got or how painful the therapies were( and it was pretty bad a lot of the times) she never gave up! I want to thank everyone who followed us as I documented her fighting on social media. The sum of support we received was beyond amazing! I can candidly say that you all made a big difference. Every period we received bad news or felt like it was coming to a point were we couldn’t fighting anymore, I would go to the comments you all wrote cheering us on and it would build us fight so much harder. I ask that since Leah’s fight is at the end that you follow other families journeys and cheer them on just as you did us! My advice to any household “re going through” this battle: no matter how hard it gets , no matter what the doctors tell you, always remain positive! Speak victory into existence. Give your child’s fight with cancer special purposes. Use it to raise awareness so that you can help all children fighting this illnes. No matter how big or small your platform/ following is, you will reach that one family that only needs to know they’re not alone in the fight so they don’t give up. fell to your knees everyday and pray. I was never a big spiritual person but I always believed in God and knew who to turn to in the time of need. Maintaining faith that God will see you through doesn’t construct the battle easier but it attains winning possible! It gives you back the hope that is stripped away from you every time you watch your child suffer the pain from the treatments and the bad news you often receive from the doctors. #LEAHSTRONG #STILLSTRONG
The Still family’s narrative rose to prominence during the 2014 -2 015 NFL preseason when Devon was due to be cut from the Cincinnati Bengals’ roster.
The Bengals hierarchy, however, made a U-turn on the decision.
Inspired by the fact Still was in a time of need — with Leah being diagnosed with neuroblastoma and involving expensive treatment — the front office retained the defensivelineman so he could pay her medical fees.
In his Instagram post’s caption, Still added words of encouragement for other households who have loved ones suffering from similar diseases.
My advice to any household “re going through” this battle: No matter how hard it gets , no matter what the doctors tell you, always remain positive! Speak victory into existence. Give your child’s fight with cancer a purpose. Use it to raise awareness so that you can help all children fighting this disease.
The end of Leah Still’s final treatment, which began on Friday, according to ESPN, came just days after Devon received another chance to play in the NFL via a freshly signed contract with the Houston Texans.
What a week.