She's celebrating being cancer-free, and her dad just got a new NFL contract. And then the week got even better for Leah Still on Wednesday night.
The 5-year-old got her 2016 off to a great start by hanging out with LeBron James after the Cleveland Cavaliers' 121-115 win over the Washington Wizards in the nation's capital.
It was a big day as well for her father, defensive lineman Devon Still, who announced on Wednesday that he signed a futures contract with the Houston Texans for the 2016 season.
Leah will cap the special week with her last cancer treatment, which is scheduled for Friday. It's welcome news after a whirlwind year in which she became an inspiring figure in her fight against pediatric cancer, helping to raise more than a million dollars for cancer research, winning an ESPY Award for her courage, and forming a close bond with TODAY's Hoda Kotb.
Leah also made a strong impression on LeBron, who is a father of a young daughter himself: He poured in 34 points in the win with Leah in attendance.
"I knew she was going to be there tonight, and her and Zhuri, my baby girl, are my two favorite women in the world,'' James told ESPN. "They're just unbelievable. I know my mom and my wife will be a little bit jealous, but they got to take a back seat to those two. Just her strength and her courage and what she's been through over the last few years, man, it's uplifting to all of us, and it's always great seeing her, for sure.
"I got a daughter, and then just also being a father and seeing what Devon was going through at the time to keep that strength and keep his composure when his daughter was going through what she was going through, it just resonated, man. And from that point on, we became good friends, and I'm good friends with Devon.
James continued: "Obviously, Leah is like a little sister of mine, or maybe she probably wishes I was like a dad to her, too. You know, like I said, it's always great seeing her."
Leah was initially diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma in June 2014 and given a 50-50 chance to survive. But since then, Devon has said she's "done a complete 180" in her fight against cancer.
In September 2014, the Bengals kept Still on the practice squad on purpose so that he would have health benefits to pay for Leah's treatment, and later signed him to the 53-man roster. His No. 75 jersey became a symbol of Leah's fight, with the Bengals presenting a $1.3 million check to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital from sales of the item.
However, he was not with any NFL team this season after being waived by the Bengals on Sept. 5, so Wednesday's signing with the Texans was welcome news.
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