After a year’s battle, Leah Still, the 5-year-old daughter of Houston Texan’s Devon Still, has defeated cancer.
In June of 2014, Leah Still was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. This disease mainly affects children under the age of 5 and develops from immature cells found in different parts of the body.
Leah, who was given only a 50-50 chance to live, during her initial diagnosis, received her final treatment just last week; and on Monday, Leah’s father reported that she was cancer-free.
— Devon Still (@Dev_Still71) January 12, 2016
Leah was just 4-years-old when she began her treatments for cancer, and in July of 2014, she was awarded the Jimmy V. Perseverance Award at the ESPY’s. Accepted by her father, Devon Still, on her behalf.
“Words can’t describe how proud I am of this girl,” Devon wrote on Instagram. “No matter how hard it got or how painful the treatments were (and it was pretty bad a lot of the times) she never gave up!”
Leah and her father have continued raising awareness, and funds for pediatric cancer research.
Leah says she owes her strength to her dad, and is looking forward to being a cheerleader at dad’s alma mater.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 15, 2016
And Penn State is ready for the champ!
And we can’t wait! https://t.co/VVIvrmgqox
— Penn State (@penn_state) January 15, 2016
After a long week of loss to cancer, this news came just in time!