The weather may be freezing cold outside, but watching 4 year-old Leah Still strut down the runway at NY Fashion Week is enough to melt anyone’s heart.
As you may recall, Leah is the daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma last June. Devon and Leah have been very public about her cancer journey and sales of Devon’s No. 75 jersey have raised over 1.3 million dollars to support pediatric cancer research.
Leah was also featured in a music video project conceived by breast cancer survivor Hoda Kotb. Hoda brought singer/songwriters Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles together, blending their hit songs “True Colors” and “Brave” into a new song called “Truly Brave”. The video was filmed with pediatric cancer patients from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
And last night, Leah made a big splash walking down the runway, guitar in hand, at Nike Levi’s Kids Fashion Show in New York City. Leah strutted to the sounds of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Hoda Kotb was there to cheer her on, and Leah made a special visit to the Today show to talk about it:
Asked about how Leah is doing, Devon told Matt Lauer that “She’s doing good. She just finished up her first round of her new treatment this past Saturday. She’s going to start back up again this Friday. It went pretty well, so hopefully this takes out a lot of the disease that’s left in her body.”
But being a supermodel isn’t the only thing Leah has been up to. She and her father are writing a children’s book “I Am Leah Strong,” to help other kids in the same situation. Devon said he was inspired to do this by the many parents who sought his advice when they learned their own child had been diagnosed with cancer.
“After having numerous families contact me for advice on how to deal with fighting pediatric cancer and seeing the amount of kids that follow Leah’s story, Leah and I decided to write a children’s book that talks about Leah’s fight.”
The book is due to be released soon, but it can be pre-ordered by clicking here. Portions of the proceeds will go toward pediatric cancer organizations.