The story of Devon Still and his daughter, Leah, rose to fame in the summer of 2014 and finally reached its beautiful conclusion some 19 months later.
Still took to social media to announce Leah was discharged from the hospital for a final time Tuesday, marking the victory in her fight against cancer.
In an Instagram post today, Still wrote,
With Leah finishing her last treatment last night, I can really say my daughter BEAT CANCER! Words can't describe how proud I am of this girl. No matter how hard it got or how painful the treatments were (and it was pretty bad a lot of the times) she never gave up!
His full remarks accompanied a picture detailing, presumably, Leah's last stretch of treatment.
The Still family's story rose to prominence during the 2014-2015 NFL preseason when Devon was due to be cut from the Cincinnati Bengals' roster.
The Bengals hierarchy, however, made a U-turn on the decision.
Inspired by the fact Still was in a time of need -- with Leah being diagnosed with neuroblastoma and requiring expensive treatment -- the front office retained the defensive lineman so he could pay her medical fees.
In his Instagram post's caption, Still added words of encouragement for other families who have loved ones suffering from similar diseases.
My advice to any family going through this battle: No matter how hard it gets, no matter what the doctors tell you, always remain positive! Speak victory into existence. Give your child's fight with cancer a purpose. Use it to raise awareness so that you can help all kids fighting this disease.
The end of Leah Still's final treatment, which began on Friday, according to ESPN, came just days after Devon received another chance to play in the NFL via a newly signed contract with the Houston Texans.
What a week.
Citations: 'We are done with this chapter in our lives': NFL player Devon Still reveals five-year-old daughter Leah is being discharged from the hospital for good after beating cancer (Daily Mail), Devon Still: 'My daughter BEAT CANCER' (ESPN)