Cincinnati Bengals player and all-around super dad Devon Still was delivered a blow to his hope of bringing home good news about his daughter Leah’s cancer. He took to his Instagram account this first weekend of 2015:
“I wanted to hear so bad that my daughter’s cancer was gone and when I didn’t it hurt me bad,” Still wrote Sunday. “I couldn’t even bring myself to tell my family the results without breaking down. I honestly just wanted to shut down from every one.”
“But I understand that blessing don’t happen when I want them to, they happen when they’re suppose to. So we are going to keep faith and keep fighting no matter what. #LeahStrong #BeatCancer”
Still, 25, a defensive tackle, had originally been cut from the Bengals roster, but once the team learned his daughter had stage 4 cancer, they resigned him to their practice squad so that he could earn enough to take care of his daughter’s medical bills. He has since been placed on the active roster.
Leah underwent surgery and chemotherapy after doctors found a cancerous growth in her abdomen in June, according to The Associated Press. She’s now feeling well enough to leave the Philadelphia hospital where she’d been getting treatment and attend the home game in Cincinnati.
Leah was originally diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial solid cancer in childhood and the most common cancer in infancy, with an incidence of about 650 cases per year in the U.S.
On his Instagram, Devon remains prayerful and confident that his daughter will be healed one day. We stand in prayer with him.