By now many of you have heard of the battle Devon Still’s daughter has fought against pediatric cancer. Well he just received the best news any father could hope for. His girl is cancer free!
That moment you get the best news you’ve ever received and don’t know what to do so you just flex!! We got Leah’s MIBG Scans back tonight and the doctors told us they didn’t see any active disease in her body!!! We still have to wait for her MRI and bone biopsy results later this week. But the doctors feel very optimistic about them because of the results from today. So for now we celebrate!! #LeahStrong #PrayersWork #ThankYouEveryOne #ImSoHappyIFeelNumb #BeatCancerA photo posted by Devon Still (@man_of_still75) on Mar 17, 2015 at 4:44pm PDT
One of the most amazing pieces of this story was the way in which the Cincinnati Bengals handled this whole ordeal. We know the NFL is a “business” but the team acted with such humanity that you can’t be anything but admirable towards them at this time. They have had their criticism in the past.
Leah’s plight became one of sports’ feel-good stories last fall. In September, her father made national headlines when he was added to the Bengals’ 53-man roster after having been originally cut by the team at the end of training camp. Days after he was cut, Still was signed to Cincinnati’s practice squad. He only spent one week there before being activated to the 53-man roster in Week 2. He went on to play 12 games last season, collecting 19 tackles.
When they signed him to the practice squad, the Bengals were able to continue providing health insurance for Still, providing him the ability to have her medical care completely paid for. At the time, he had been told her medical expenses would cost close to $1 million.
Usually players on the borderline of making an NFL team are disposable commodities. This Bengals have proved that doing the right thing can be the most significant.