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Leah Still shines on the runway at New York Fashion Week

by Scott Stump / / Source: TODAY

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Strutting her stuff on the runway at Fashion Week on Thursday night, Leah Still and her beaming smile continued to inspire others in her fight against pediatric cancer.

Leah, 4, the daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, was a big hit at the Nike Levi's Kids Fashion Show in New York City, putting a hand on her hip and doing her thing down the runway to the sounds of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off.''

Her proud father was right there to post it all on Instagram, where he has documented Leah's fight against cancer since she was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma. Leah's appearance on the runway came only five days after she finished an eight-day stint at the hospital for cancer treatments.

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"She's doing good,'' Devon told Matt Lauer in an appearance alongside Leah on TODAY Friday. "She just finished up her first round of her new treatment this past Saturday. She's going to start back up again this Friday. It went pretty well, so hopefully this takes out a lot of the disease that's left in her body."

Sporting a stylish hairstyle after having been bald for months because of her treatments, Leah also inspired one of her biggest fans, TODAY's Hoda Kotb, who joined Devon and Leah on Friday. She featured Leah in the "Truly Brave" video that starred children battling pediatric cancer along with Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles as part of TODAY's Shine a Light series to support worthy causes.

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Leah's inspirational journey has also included a five-hour surgery in September to remove a tumor from her stomach and being honored by the Bengals for her courageous fight during a November game against the Cleveland Browns. She also is pairing with her father to write a children's book, "I Am Leah Strong," to help other kids in the same situation.

Leah's fight has also helped raise money to help other children. At their Nov. 6 game against the Browns, the Bengals presented a $1.3 million check to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital that came from sales of Still's No. 75 jersey. The Bengals had announced on Sept. 8 that 100 percent of Still's jersey sales would go toward fighting pediatric cancer. The outreach to help Leah has touched Devon and their family.

"There's a lot of good people still out there,'' Devon said about the help from strangers. "You look at the news, you read the newspaper, and you see a lot of negative things that go on in this world, and the way that people have stepped up to not only to help my daughter but support the cause of fighting pediatric cancer, it really gave me faith in humanity."

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This article was originally published Feb. 13, 2015 at 7:39 a.m. ET.

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