Leah Still gives thumbs up, thanks for prayers

Leah Still gives thumbs up, thanks for prayers

Leah Still can't talk, but she still managed to gave a thumbs up and thanks for prayers Monday.

"Can't really talk but she wanted to give y'all a thumbs up to say she is doing better and thanks for the prayers," her father, Cincinnati Bengals defensive Devon Still tweeted. "First time she's really been awake in 4 days so we are making a little progress."

He announced last week the 5-year-old had a setback in her fight against cancer. She went to a hospital last month to begin the process for a stem cell transplant, which involves high doses of chemotherapy.

He posted to social media Friday she "hit a pretty serious complication" with her liver affected.

Leah was diagnosed a year ago with a rare form of pediatric cancer. Doctors have removed a tumor from her abdomen and she underwent chemotherapy to kill cancer cells in her bone marrow.

Her fight drew national attention with her father's team donating $1 million from sales of his jersey to pediatric cancer research and treatment.

Father and daughter will be honored next month during the ESPYS awards show in Los Angeles. They are expected to receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award for the way they have handled her fight against cancer.

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