Daughter Of NFL’s Devon Still Receives 2015 Jimmy V Perseverance Award
Leah Still, daughter of Devon Still, defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, was the recipient of the 2015 Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the the ESPYs in mid-July. Leah was not well enough to attend, so her father accepted the award on her behalf.
The award was given to Leah in recognition of her perseverance in waging war against cancer. Leah is only 5 years old, but in 2013 she was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare and dangerous form of pediatric cancer.
Although the cancer is now in remission, Leah’s immune system is still weak. She’s now receiving post-cancer treatment in an effort to strengthen and restore her system.
Maura Mandt, executive co-producer of the ESPYs, noted that Leah’s determination has become an inspiration to many other families facing similar circumstances.
In accepting the award, Still expressed his immense admiration for his daughter’s perseverance in fighting the illness. He also acknowledged that dealing with the diagnosis and subsequent treatment had been particularly difficult for him, but sincerely thanked his team, as well as his fiancée, for their unwavering support.
He also took time out to especially thank his daughter for the positive impact she has had on his life: “In the five years I’ve been with you, you’ve taught me more about life than I could ever [teach you].”
The awards also included a moving video tribute to Leah, which highlighted some of the special moments she has faced since her diagnosis.
Leah sent greetings to the public via a short video message, thanking them for their support. She said simply, “Sorry I couldn’t be there everybody, but thank you for supporting me while I beat up cancer.”
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