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Leah Stills, daughter of former NFL D-lineman Devon Stills, celebrates eight years of being cancer-free

Former Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans defensive lineman Devon Still, who shared his diagnosis and updates on his daughter Leah’s battle with cancer in June 2014, posted another positive update to his social media accounts.

Still shared a video compilation of several clips from Leah’s journey on Sunday and announced that she is celebrating eight years of being cancer-free.

“Sometimes you have to look back on your life to remember how far you’ve come.” still wrote sunday In a message posted on his verified Twitter account. “Help me congratulate Leah on being 8 years cancer free!!!”

Devon Still and Asha Joyce pose with their daughter Leah, then 5, in this 2016 photo.

In the video, in the bottom right corner, a shot of Leah can be seen paying tribute. As Leah watches herself and her father go through their own journey of healing, Leah becomes emotional.

“Dad, why did you make it so emotional,” she said, wiping away a tear. “I really have mascara on.”

What was Leah Still’s diagnosis and treatment for cancer?

Devon Still announced in June 2014 that Leah, who was four at the time, had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that most often occurs in infants and young children, according to the American Cancer Society. Following diagnosis, Leah underwent seven hours of surgery to remove a tumor from her abdomen, five rounds of chemotherapy and one round of radiation. Then, in November 2014, Leah underwent a stem cell treatment aimed at regenerating her bone marrow.

Devon Still, who was a reserve defensive lineman with the Bengals in 2014, made arrangements with the team so that he could travel to Delaware during week one of the season, where Leah was living and receiving treatment. Typically, Still would leave the team after Sunday’s game, miss Monday’s meeting and return in time for Wednesday’s meetings and practice. Leah’s diagnosis and treatment drew massive donations from NFL teams and fans and the sports world, including support from NBA star LeBron James.

Devon Still, 33, last played in the NFL in 2016, when he appeared in three games for Houston.

Contribution: Jarrett Bell

This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Leah Still, daughter of ex-NFL lineman Devon Still, cancer-free


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