NFL Star Devon Still Reveals 5-Year-Old Daughter Has Beaten Cancer

by Elizabeth VanMetre 9:28 AM PST, January 12, 2016
Playing NFL Star Devon Still Reveals 5-Year-Old Daughter Has Beaten Cancer

For Devon Still and his daughter Leah, the fight is over.

The Houston Texans defensive tackle revealed that his 5-year-old child has beat cancer and will check out of the hospital on Tuesday.

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On Monday, Still, 26, shared his excitement and relief over the news.

“It’s crazy to sit here in the hospital know that after leah gets discharged tomorrow we are really done with this chapter in our lives,” he wrote in the emotional tweet. “She really beat cancer! Beyond thankful for all the support y’all showed us.”

Leah was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that affects the nerve cells, in June of 2014 and given a 50 percent chance to live. Since March 2015, after a successful surgery to remove the tumor, she has been in remission.

The former Cincinnati Bengals NFL player was awarded with an ESPY Award in July for his and his daughter’s perseverance. Still accepted the award as Leah remained at home recovering from chemotherapy treatments.

"I know you wish you could be here, but I know you're watching," he said. "I just want to thank you. From the moment you [were] born, you molded me into the man I am today. I always used to dream about how I was going to be able to show you so much about life, but in the five years I've been with you, you've taught me more about life than I could ever do."

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He later posted a photo of her holding the award with a sweet message on Instagram.

“This espy might have both of our names on it but this is Leah's trophy,” he wrote. “Like I said last night, what I do is easy, she has the hard job. Like a true fighter she showed true perseverance throughout her battle with cancer and I couldn't be any prouder. #leahstrong.”

The Stills aren’t the only family to battle cancer this year. Criss Angel canceled several shows in October after learning his son was sick. Watch the video below for more details.