CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still shared news on Thursday that his 4-year-old daughter Leah, who is battling stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer, had surgery to remove a tumor.
Still posted a photo to his Instagram account with a caption that read in part:
"After a 5hr 50min surgery the surgeon was able to remove ALL of her tumor and all of her lymph nodes and her right adrenal gland where it all started from...best news I've received in a long time."
Although the surgery got rid of Leah's tumor, she is still not cancer-free, Still said via twitter. He says she will continue treatment in hopes of removing cancer from her bone marrow.
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Through photos, videos and touching messages to his more than 54,000 Instagram followers, Still has been candid on social media about Leah's battle since she was diagnosed two months ago. He uploaded a father-daughter moment on Thursday morning and called it his "pre-surgery pep talk."
"You ready to get this cancer up out you?" Still asked his daughter in the video. The accompanying caption to the video read: "Pre-surgery pep talk...I might be nervous and scared beyond words but I'll never let her see it...let's get this done!"
Still started the season on the practice squad and was elevated to the active roster.
It's not only Bengals fans that are supporting Still and Leah - people across the nation have embraced number 75, with his 'Still Strong' T-shirts shipped to fans as far away as Alaska and California, according to a Cincy Shirts representative.
On Sept. 9, the Bengals announced that proceeds from his number 75 jersey sales would benefit Cincinnati Children's Hospital and pediatric cancer care and research. Still's jersey sold more in a 24 hour period than any other player in Bengals history, according to a team representative.
"That'll give us all goosebumps and chills and bring tears to our eyes to see those jerseys in the stands," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said of the record-breaking sales.
"We're just in prayer and keeping our fingers crossed that we continue to get a positive outcome for Leah," Lewis told FOX19 NOW on Thursday.
Each jersey ordered online came with a printed note from Still that expressed thanks for supporting his daughter and families fighting cancer in Cincinnati and across the country.