Devon Still's Daughter Leah Encounters Complication from Stem Cell Transplant

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13:  Devon Still of the Cincinnati Bengals and his daughter Leah Sari look on at High School of Graphic Communication & Arts on February 13, 2015 in New York, New York  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Leah Still, the daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, encountered a recent complication from stem cell treatment.

The Bengals defender shared the news via his Instagram account: noted that Leah, 5, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which is a rare form of pediatric cancer. The Stills learned that her cancer was in remission in March, but she still required this stem cell treatment that was expected to last four to six weeks, beginning in early May.

The one silver lining that Still mentioned in his Instagram post was the fact that doctors apparently caught the complication early. The overall goal of the treatment “is to stimulate new bone marrow growth for Leah and reduce the possibility of a relapse,” per

The Bengals made headlines during the 2014 football season when they raised more than $1 million to fight pediatric cancer in honor of the Stills. The team sold Still’s No. 75 jersey and donated 100 percent of all the sales toward the fight.

That jersey served as an uplifting symbol throughout the season and a reminder of Leah’s strength and perseverance. The Stills will be in the minds of sports fans everywhere as Leah battles through this complication. 

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