Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still announced in an Instagram post on Wednesday that his four-year-old daughter Leah's cancer is 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," Still wrote.
Leah was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma on June 2 and was given a 50/50 chance to survive. Still took time away from the Bengals at the beginning of the 2014 season, but the team added him to the practice squad so that he could keep his health insurance and help pay for Leah's treatments. The team began selling replicas of Still's No. 75 jersey and donating the proceeds to pediatric cancer research.
Earlier this month, Still said that doctors thought Leah could be cancer-free.
"When I look at my daughter all I can do is smile and hug her," he wrote in the Instagram post. "It was not easy but every day, and every treatment Leah fought like hell and kicked cancers [sic] butt!"
Still said that Leah would have to continue treatment to ensure that cancer cells do not return.
"I'm so proud and blessed to call her my daughter," Still wrote. "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."
- Stanley Kay