Inspiration can come in many forms, and recently, a major source of inspiration for those both in and out of the world of sports has been little Leah Still, daughter of NFL player Devon Still. Leah was diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 4, but did not let that stop her from continuing to act just as any normal 4 year old girl does. Over the past year or so, support for Leah has resulted in the often trending hashtag #LeahStrong, and people have expressed how awed they are by her strength and happiness even when life seemed to have handed her such an unfortunate setback.
This past December, the Still family has revealed that Leah is now cancer free and on January 6, Leah attended an NBA game in the city of PPI’s headquarters and the home of the Washington Wizards. The Wizards faced the Cleveland Cavaliers, where the final score was 121 – 115, in favor of the Cavs. One of the most memorable moments of the night was when Leah was recognized by LeBron James both in a post game interview and on Instagram where he applauded her courage and called her his “good luck charm.” Other notable athletes who have recognized her courage include Lisa Leslie, Desean Jackson, and Julie Foudy who expressed their support for her at the 2015 ESPYS where she received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.
Leah Still has been able to prove that adults are not the only people capable of inspiring others. Everyone at PeacePlayers International admires Leah for her strength and is inspired to be #LeahStrong in the face of adversity.