Fans and followers from all over the world cried, prayed and celebrated throughout the journey of the young-but-mighty Leah Still, daughter of NFL player Devon Still. In 2014, Leah was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and Devon documented their up and down journey of doctor visits, chemo treatments and heartache on social media.
Then after much prayer, years later, Leah was diagnosed as cancer-free. Now, Leah is 11 years old and bringing light to the world with her every smile.
When Leah and her dad found out that she had cancer, it was something that changed every aspect of how they live.
“…My life changed forever when I found out Leah had cancer,” Devon states. “Even after all this time, the emotions I get looking at pictures still feel fresh. They say having a kid is like letting your heart walk outside your body and expecting it to never get hurt. Well, my heart experienced the type of pain I could never truly express with words. Sometimes I catch myself just literally staring at her thanking God she is still here. I lost a lot of things/titles since that day, that I once thought were important like “Nfl player.” But the one title that I’m forever grateful I still have is Dad.”
Last year Devon penned this message on social media to celebrate her cancer-free “birthdate” too.
“I want to wish a Happy Birthday to my daughter, Leah. Today marks another year in remission! From the moment we took this picture in the hospital, right before doctors walked in the room and said she had cancer, we had an extremely tough fight. But no matter how hard it got we never gave up. So today, we celebrate your strength and perseverance Leah! I love you more than you could ever possibly know.”
Now that Leah turned 10 years old, the former Bengals defensive lineman and Houston Texan has been working with NASA to fight cancer through research in space.
The NFL dad and husband shared this post on Instagram: