Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still shared a photo on Instagram of his daughter preparing for a stem cell transplant on Tuesday, the latest update on Leah's condition since she was diagnosed with cancer last June.
The 4-year-old's cancer has been in remission for over a month but, according to Still's post, Leah needs the stem cell transplant to beat off any cancerous cells that might still be hiding in her body.
In the Instagram photo, Leah, who turns five on Wednesday, is pictured sitting on a hospital bed in a pink dress with her fists raised in the air, ready for the latest round in her fight with the disease.
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"It's a very serious, scary and long treatment but it is a step in the right direction," Still said of process, which can take four to six weeks. "I'm definitely nervous about this because of the unknown of how her body will react and all the risk that come with the procedure but as you can see Leah is ready and I will gain my strength through her like I have since the beginning. Please send up a prayer for her!"
On March 25, Still announced Leah's stage four neuroblastoma cancer was in remission. He has continued to post updates on Leah’s progress using the hashtags #LeahStrong and #BeatCancer.
In an Instagram post five days ago, Still said Leah was sad about spending her fifth birthday in the hospital at first but then told him, "That’s ok! Can we just have cake and balloons in my room?'”
Instead the football player surprised his daughter with a weekend trip to her favorite place, Disney World.
“Although her only wish was for cake and balloons I couldn't let my baby celebrate her bday like that,” he wrote in the post.