Former NFL Player Devon Still recently received great news about his 9-year-old daughter. The athlete took to social media to share how his daughter, Leah, was doing since her cancer diagnosis.
In June 2014, Devon’s daughter was first diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. On Wednesday, the former Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman revealed that she’d reached the crucial five-year mark of being cancer-free.
Speaking to “Today,” the star explained his feelings thus: "Once your child reaches the five-year mark in their cancer battle, the chances of the cancer coming back are basically slim to none.'' He expressed how big this achievement was for them.
Devon Still at the Nike Levi's Kids fashion show at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2015, in New York City | Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images
The former athlete revealed how he was “basically holding” his breath until the five-year-mark. Even though the little girl has reached a massive milestone, the celebrations were kept to a minimum due to the COVID-19 quarantine.
No more hospitals and needles
Leah and her father are currently self-isolating at their Houston home. The little girl told the publication that she was celebrating "no more hospitals and needles."
Devon also wrote a lengthy Instagram post in honor of his daughter’s achievement alongside a gorgeous photo of the little girl smiling. This is one big milestone for Leah as she was given a 50-50 chance of survival.
She was declared cancer-free in December 2015 after undergoing treatment. Since her diagnosis, Leah has helped raise more than a million dollars for cancer research.
She and her father have also won an ESPY Jimmy V Perseverance Award for her courage. The little girl became good friends with “Today’s” Hoda Kotb, and she inspired the show’s "Truly Brave" music video.
The video starred Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles. Devon and his wife, Asha, both 30, have since started the Still Strong Foundation.
The organization's goal is to assist families that are facing difficult situations while dealing with having their child being treated for cancer. The former athlete spent six seasons, from 2012 – 2017, in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, and New York Jets.
He accumulated 43 tackles and 0.5 sacks in his career. Devon announced his retirement from football in December 2017.