Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still last night gave an emotional speech about his 5-year-old daughter’s battle with cancer, recalling how he would pray to God that he didn’t lose his little girl.
The Bengals defensive tackle and his daughter Leah were honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award during yesterday’s ESPY Awards.
Still told the crowd that he felt like he was living in a nightmare when Leah was diagnosed with cancer.
“I remember the first week in the hospital, I would sneak out [of] the room and I would go down to the chapel and I would just cry,” Still said. “I would just ask God why did he give my daughter this fight, and I would beg him to give me the fight with death rather than my daughter.”
Still recalled learning that Leah’s cancer had spread throughout her body, telling the audience that he realized in that moment that they had two options.
“We could’ve lost faith and just let this battle with cancer get the best of us, or I could give my daughter’s battle with cancer a purpose, and use my platform to try to raise as much awareness as possible. […] We decided not to give up,” he said.
But being in Cincinnati instead of with Leah started to take a toll on Still. He said that Leah wanted to be with her dad, and he couldn’t be there for her.
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