Leah Still is now among a celebrated list of sports champions like Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan who have appeared on their own Wheaties cereal box, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Her proud father, football player Devon Still, posted a photo of the cover on Instagram.
The 5-year-old girl has faced ups and downs in her battle with pediatric cancer—always with a smile on her face. Still has shared all of Leah’s triumphs and setbacks on social media. Leah first captured our hearts last year when doctors diagnosed her with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that usually affects children under 5 years old, giving her a 50-50 chance of survival.
After having a tumor removed from her abdomen, she started chemotherapy to kill cancer cells in her bone marrow. Leah finished her latest round of chemotherapy last April and went through a stem cell transplant in May. But then her doctors discovered that she had developed hepatic veno-occlusive disease, or VOD, a complication that affects the liver in patients who have undergone stem cell transplants. She’s currently in remission and back home after undergoing treatment.
The Cincinnati Bengals player took time off from the football season last year to care for her. Now that her condition has improved, he’s training with the team for the upcoming season.
Last month at the ESPYs, Still accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award on behalf of Leah. Her doctors didn’t permit her to travel to Los Angeles, even though she’s in remission. In accepting the award, Still spoke to Leah: “In the five years I’ve been with you, you taught me more about life than I could ever do.”
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