It all began with a fist bump. And for now, it has finished with one, too.
Nearly 10 months to a day that 4-year-old Leah Still was diagnosed with a singular pediatric cancer that gave her a 50-50 possibility of surviving, doctors sensitive her and her father, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, that she is strictly in remission.
Several months after posting a video to his Instagram comment that went viral display he and Leah fist-bumping a camera forward of one of her surgeries, Still combined a print to a amicable media site Wednesday that prominently featured Leah punching behind toward a camera once again. This time, a print had a heading that Still had been watchful 296 days to post.
“June 2, 2014 and Mar 25, 2015 are days we will remember for a rest of my life,” Still wrote. “As everybody substantially knows, Jun 2 was a day doctors walked into a watchful room to tell me my daughter had cancer. It was a many harmful day of my life. Mar 25th, however, is feeling like a best day of my life.
“Today we perceived news from Leah’s oncologist that her cancer, Stage 4 neuroblastoma, is strictly in remission!”
Wednesday’s news came on a heels of a week filled with a integrate of other certain nuggets for a Stills. Last Tuesday, doctors sensitive them that tests suggested there was no active snippet of a cancer within Leah’s body. It was confident news, and a step toward this latest announcement.
Two days after that, Still motionless to pointer a one-year offer a Bengals had extended progressing this month. Previously a limited giveaway agent, Still became an unlimited giveaway representative usually entering a new joining year when a Bengals declined to proposal him during a low-round free-agent level. It gave him a possibility to coddle over his destiny while holding into comment Leah’s health, and it also available him an event to margin offers from other teams.
Last Thursday, Still re-signed. Healthy for a initial time in some-more than a year, he pronounced he hopes to repay a Bengals’ munificence from a past year with a clever season. This time final year, he was usually removing over an bend damage and was starting to redeem from behind surgery. Just when he was removing over those injuries final spring, he found out about Leah’s cancer.
“You have to unequivocally take your shawl off to him where during his immature age, he’s been means to understanding with it a approach he’s had to understanding with it,” Bengals manager Marvin Lewis pronounced of a 25-year-old during a NFL owners meetings Tuesday. “You see that grin on his face again. When we drafted Devon, we had such a good prophesy for him for a future. It’d be good to get him behind to that turn and to see that grin on his face and to get him behind to that level.”
The former second-round collect earnings this year to a defensive line that also re-signed defensive finish Michael Johnson progressing this month.
“Funny thing is, there is unequivocally no approach of describing [this feeling] since we never knew this feeling existed,” Still pronounced in his proclamation about Leah’s remission. “When we demeanour during my daughter all we can do is grin and cuddle her. It was not easy though each day, and each diagnosis Leah fought like ruin and kicked cancers butt! I’m so unapproachable and sanctified to call her my daughter. She has done an impact on me and on a world, during a age of four, that we can usually wish to make in a lifetime.”