Leah Still’s brave (and winning
) battle against cancer has brought so much hope to many around the country.
The 5-year-old daughter of NFL player, Devon Still, sat down for an interview with Good Morning America
’s Robin Roberts on Friday, revealing she feels “really good” since beating cancer.
Devon, who has openly shared his child’s long journey to beat the disease on social media, admits he’s thankful for this chapter to be over.
"It was definitely a long road traveled,” the Houston Texans defensive tackle shared. “We definitely feel blessed and thankful that we have the doctors and the people around us to help us through this battle."
Devon, 26, just hopes that his daughter’s story will bring hope to other families also battling childhood cancer.
"It was important to us, to be honest before my daughter was diagnosed with cancer, I didn't know too much about childhood cancer," he explained. "Just knowing I had the platform I knew I could reach a big audience and inform everybody what it's like for a family to deal with pediatric cancer."
Devon also shared his simple message to families who are dealing with a sick child: "Don't give up."
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.
On Jan. 12, the former Cincinnati Bengals player shared the news that his 5-year-old daughter had beaten cancer and was officially leaving the hospital.
“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 on Twitter. “She really beat cancer! Beyond thankful for all the support y’all showed us.”
Now that she’s out of the hospital, Leah reveals she has big plans for the future, including being on the field like her father -- or at least on the sidelines.
“I want to be a cheerleader at Penn State because my dad went there,” she said on GMA.
We’re cheering for you, Leah!