September 12, 2015
Leah Still, daughter of NFL defensive tackle Devon Still, took time out of raising money for cancer research and winning ESPY awards to strut down the runway at one of fashion's biggest events Friday.
The 5-year-old, who has battled a rare form of pediatric cancer over the past year, was met with cheers during an appearance at New York Fashion Week.
Devon posted a video of Leah sporting denim from Levi's and confidently making her way down one of the biggest stages in the world of style:
Leah was participating in the Kids Rock! Fashion Show, an event each year that supports children in need.
Devon, a Camden native and Penn State alumni, said in another Instagram post that the moment mean a lot to his daughter, who has had to undergo intense physical changes due to her illness:
Thanks @kidsrocklive for giving Leah another opportunity to be a part of your amazing show! This fashion show teaches her so much more than just how to be a model which is why I love when she does it. Leah sometimes struggles with the physical changes she went through from her cancer battle (hair and weight loss). But when I watch her walk down the runway and I see that smile on her face as she is cheered on by the crowd I see a confident side of her that's thinking nothing of those changes. Teaching her to embrace who she is will stick with her for life! When she got backstage after she walked she told people "I was walking so hard and they loved it"
As for Devon, fans of him and his daughter were disappointed to find out recently that he had been cut from the Cincinnati Bengals after three years with the team.
He took becoming a free agent in stride, however, thanking the team for their support. The team announced following his release that Leah's medical bills would be covered by the league's insurance policy over the next five years.