Bengals' Devon Still says daughter Leah's cancer in remission
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
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."
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