Cancer is a crippling disease that tragically continues to claim the lives of so many, but Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and his 5-year-old daughter Leah are tirelessly fighting to defy the odds.
Thanks to the efforts of Devon, along with the extraordinary strength of his young daughter who is battling stage 4 Neuroblastoma, their story has become an inspiration to people around the world. ESPN announced Monday that both Devon and Leah will be honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards this July as “a testament to the inspiration Devon and Leah are to all the families who are suffering from similar circumstances.”
Leah was diagnosed with the rare form of pediatric Cancer just one year ago, and her father Devon has remained by her side every step of the way while continuously sharing her courageous journey with the world via social media. Earlier this year, Devon took to his Instagram to share the wonderful news that Leah’s Cancer had gone into remission, but the family was recently faced with yet another obstacle just this week when Leah was diagnosed with another serious disease as the result of a complication from the stem cell treatment she’s undergoing to treat the neuroblastoma.
ESPYs executive producer Maura Mandt says they hope the award sends the Still family even more hope as they prepare deal with this latest challenge.