Looking stylish in her pink-and-white dress in advance of an appearance during New York Fashion Week on Thursday, Leah Still continues to inspire in her recovery from pediatric cancer.
Leah and her father, NFL lineman Devon Still, joined Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on TODAY Thursday to show off her runway skills before she walks in a fashion show later in the day. Leah, 5, was initially diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma in June 2014 and given a 50-50 chance to live, but her latest scan in late July showed that she remains cancer-free.
"She's doing a lot better,'' Devon said on TODAY. "Her health has made a complete 180, and hopefully will continue to improve."
Leah has become a public face in the fight against pediatric cancer, starring in the Sarah Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper video "Truly Brave"put together by Kotb that raised more than $500,000 for the American Cancer Society and writing a children's book with Devon called "I Am Leah Strong." Thursday will mark her second fashion show of the year as she strutted to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" at the Nike Levi's Kids Fashion Show in New York City in February.
Still is now searching for a new team after the Cincinnati Bengals cut the 26-year-old defensive lineman on Saturday. The Bengals kept Still on the practice squad last season so that he would keep his health benefits to help pay for Leah's medical bills before he eventually made the team's 53-man roster.
After being cut, Still wrote on Instagram that he has "nothing but love for the Bengals organization." At their Nov. 6 game against the Browns last year, the Bengals presented a $1.3 million check to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital that came from sales of Still's No. 75 jersey.
"I've been talking to a couple different teams,'' he told KLG and Hoda. "Hopefully something works out in the future."
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