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Devon Still: My Daughter Leah's Cancer Is in Remission

By    |   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 06:53 AM

Devon Still's daughter, whose fight with cancer as a juvenile sparked a support movement nationwide, is now in remission, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle reported on Instagram Wednesday.

Four-year-old Leah Still's cancer battle played out on social media as her father fought to stick with the Bengals last season. The story took a positive turn this week with the girl's latest prognosis report.

 

June 2, 2014 and March 25, 2015 are days I will remember for the rest of my life. As everyone probably knows, June 2nd was the day doctors walked into the waiting room to tell me my daughter had cancer. It was the most devastating day of my life. March 25th , however, is feeling like the best day of my life. Today we received news from Leah's oncologist that her cancer, stage four neuroblastoma, is officially in REMISSION! After 296 days of day dreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling. Funny thing is there is really no way of describing it because I never knew this feeling existed. When I look at my daughter all I can do is smile and hug her. It was not easy but every day, and every treatment Leah fought like hell and kicked cancers butt! I'm so proud and blessed to call her my daughter. She has made an impact on me and on the world, at the age of four, that I can only wish to make in a lifetime. Thank you to my family and friends for the support through all those tough days. Thank you to everyone who has sent a letter to give Leah and our family motivation to keep fighting, a toy that helped Leah get through her days in the hospital, and more importantly a prayer that helped God hear our cries for healing. Thank you to the doctors at CHOP for putting together the best plan of action for my daughter. Thank you to Child Life members Sarah, Laura, and Lindsey for really turning what could be a scary place into a place where Leah would enjoy going because she knew she would have fun with you guys. Thank you to the Bengals for taking on my situation and standing by me and my family and for helping to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. To every media outlet and persons that helped raise much needed awareness, thank you. Leah is not done with treatments yet. She still needs more to make sure the cancer cells do not return and to build back up her immune system and other damage from the chemo but I know my little warrior will get through it! #FistBump #LeahStrong #BeatCancer #TheFightAgainstChildhoodCancerIsFarFromOver #ThrowingTheBiggestKidPartyEver #WaitForIt

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"After 296 days of day dreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling," Still wrote in part of his 398-word Instagram caption posted along with a photo of his daughter.

"Funny thing is there is really no way of describing it because I never knew this feeling existed. When I look at my daughter all I can do is smile and hug her. It was not easy but every day, and every treatment Leah fought like hell and kicked cancers butt! I'm so proud and blessed to call her my daughter. She has made an impact on me and on the world, at the age of four, that I can only wish to make in a lifetime."

It appears that Devon Still's football career is on the upswing as well; the Cincinnati Bengals signed the lineman to a one-year contract on March 19, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported

Still did not make the 53-man roster last season, but was kept on the practice squad so he could maintain his health insurance. He made the most of the opportunity, though, making 19 tackles in games he was activated in while helping his daughter with cancer treatments on his off days.

"It's great to have Devon back with us," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told the Enquirer last week. "We know it has been a very difficult journey for him the last year. Devon remains focused on Leah's recovery and on furthering his NFL career, and we're excited to be able to provide that opportunity."

The sale of Still's Bengals jersey last year as a fundraiser for cancer research raised millions of dollars as his daughter's story went viral on social media.

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