Leah Still Beats Cancer!

Six year old Leah Still has already won America’s hearts, but now she’s beaten cancer as well.

Yesterday, her proud father,Houston Texan defensive tackle Devon Still took to Instagram to announce the good news:

With Leah finishing her last treatment last night, I can really say my daughter BEAT CANCER! Words can’t describe how proud I am of this girl. 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!

I want to thank everyone who followed us as I documented her fight on social media. The amount of support we received was beyond amazing! I can honestly say that you all made a big difference. Every time we received bad news or felt like it was coming to a point were we couldn’t fight anymore, I would go to the comments you all wrote cheering us on and it would make us fight so much harder. I ask that since Leah’s fight is at the end that you follow other families journeys and cheer them on just as you did us!

Leah strong

As you may recall, Leah was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a tumor of the nerve tissues of the adrenal gland, neck, chest, or spinal cord, in June 2014. Since that time, her father has spotlighted her battle on social media, and in the process has raised over $1 million for pediatric cancer research. Devon and Leah won the 2015 EPSY Jimmy V. Perseverance Award in July.

And now after 41 days of chemotherapy, 40 days of antibody therapy, 19 days of radiation and 7 hours of surgery, Leah is cancer-free and ready to get on with the rest of her hopefully long and prosperous life.

Devon had some advice for other parents whose child has been diagnosed with cancer:

“My advice to any family going through this battle:

no matter how hard it gets, no matter what the doctors tell you, always remain positive! Speak victory into existence.
Give your child’s fight with cancer a purpose. Use it to raise awareness so that you can help all kids fighting this disease. No matter how big or small your platform/following is, you will reach that one family that just needs to know they’re not alone in the fight so they don’t give up.

drop to your knees everyday and pray. I was never a big spiritual person but I always believed in God and knew who to turn to in the time of need. Keeping faith that God will see you through doesn’t make the battle easier but it makes winning possible! It gives you back the hope that is stripped away from you every time you watch your kid endure the pain from the treatments and the bad news you often receive from the doctors.

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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