(FOX 13) - Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still - who was kept on the team so his daughter's fight with cancer could continue under the team's insurance policy - posted a special update for his Instagram followers Tuesday.
Still, now a member of the Houston Texans' squad, was released by the Bengals in August, 2014, but signed to the practice squad just one day later so his daughter, Leah Still, could continue treatments for Stage 4 pediatric cancer at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Still began a public awareness campaign for pediatric cancer, raising $1.3 million for Cincinnati Children's through sales of his No. 75 jersey. He also received the 2014 Ed Block Courage Award from the Bengals for "demonstrating commitment to the values of sportsmanship and courage," according to the Bengals' website.
On Monday, Still posted an update on Leah's battle for his 605,000 Instagram followers, "With Leah finishing her last treatment last night, I can really say my daughter BEAT CANCER!"
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! I want to thank everyone who followed us as I documented her fight on social media. The amount of support we received was beyond amazing! I can honestly say that you all made a big difference. Every time we received bad news or felt like it was coming to a point were we couldn't fight anymore, I would go to the comments you all wrote cheering us on and it would make us fight so much harder. I ask that since Leah's fight is at the end that you follow other families journeys and cheer them on just as you did us! 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. No matter how big or small your platform/following is, you will reach that one family that just needs to know they're not alone in the fight so they don't give up. drop to your knees everyday and pray. I was never a big spiritual person but I always believed in God and knew who to turn to in the time of need. Keeping faith that God will see you through doesn't make the battle easier but it makes winning possible! It gives you back the hope that is stripped away from you every time you watch your kid endure the pain from the treatments and the bad news you often receive from the doctors. #LEAHSTRONG #STILLSTRONG
Fans and supporters followed the post with words of thanks and praise.
According to the website for Still's current team, HoustonTexans.com, 5-year-old Leah will be released from the hospital on Tuesday. Her last cancer treatment came two days after her father signed with the Texans thought the 2016 season.