A big milestone has arrived in the simultaneously heartwrenching and heartwarming story about Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and his daughter Leah, who is battling a form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma.
Following several rounds of chemotherapy, on Thursday, 4-year-old Leah will undergo surgery to have a tumor removed from her abdomen.
Earlier Thursday morning, Still posted a video showing his "pre-surgery pep talk" for Leah with the caption, "I might be nervous and scared beyond words but I’ll never let her see it…let’s get this done!"
Still has had the support of the Bengals organization throughout the ordeal. Earlier this month, we learned that the team had signed Still to its practice squad after releasing him, allowing him to maintain health insurance for the expensive treatments Leah would require.
Still previously told ESPN that he would learn on Sept. 16 whether the tumor had reduced enough in size for doctors to attempt to remove it on Sept. 25, after which she would have to endure another round of chemotherapy and radiation and eventually a stem cell harvesting.
Some more photos Still has posted over the past couple weeks: