Champion Of Our Hearts: Leah Still Gets Her Own Wheaties Box While Fighting Cancer
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At just 5 years old, Leah Still is getting her own Wheaties Box. Leah isn’t an ice skater, basketball player or gymnast. Instead, she has inspired thousands in her battle against pediatric cancer — and she is winning.
Leah, the daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, has been battling pediatric cancer for over a year. Leah was initially diagnosed with Stage-4 neuroblastoma in June 2014 and had a 50 percent chance of surviving.
Heartbroken, Devon remained with the Cincinnati Bengals in order to pay for Leah’s medical bills. To help reduce some of Still’s stress, the Bengals decided to temporarily move him to the practice squad so he could spend more time with his daughter.
Throughout Leah’s journey, Devon has documented her progress on social media where she has become a symbol of hope for thousands of cancer patients across the world. A quick browse through his Instagram demonstrates why. Leah’s smile and energy are contagious. In one video, she demonstrates how to do the whip and challenges all comers who think they can do it better than she can.
Leah was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance award at the ESPYs in Los Angeles. Although she was unable to attend because of her treatments, her father accepted the award in her stead and gave a touching speech.
“From the moment you was born you molded me into the man I am today,” Devon recounted to Leah during his speech. “And you know 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. I love you and I’m just proud of the way you’ve been handling yourself this past year.”
After the ESPYs, Leah was excited about getting her own Wheaties Box. On Instagram, Devon Still wrote, “Thanks @wheatiescereal in the words straight out of Leah’s mouth, this is so awesome!!”