"It was the best news we've had in a long time," Devon Still told ESPN's Michelle Beisner regarding the news that his daughter, Leah will be returning home today after more than a month in the hospital due to a stem cell treatment and complications that followed.
"Everyday for me is like a Father's Day cause I'm able to wake up and spend time with my daughter and there was a point in time when I didn't know how long I had to spend with my daughter. So just being able to be blessed with another Father's Day to spend with her and being able to be a father to such a strong and courageous little girl means a lot to me."
Devon and Leah spent Father's Day in the hospital watching movies, though he did take a break with family while Leah was sleeping after spending the night prior pulling an "all-nighter" with her dad. Leah should be returning home today and Devon said she is back to her normal self. She should be starting radiation soon to her tumor site and things should be going down a "smoother path."
The last year has certainly taught Devon Still a lot, including how important family time can be. "Cherish every moment you have with your loved ones. For a whole year I was scared because I didn't know how much time I had with my daughter. That really put life into perspective for me. My daughter shows tremendous strength through the adversity she was facing. So it really just showed me, that no matter what you go through, just go through with a smile, go through with the mindset that you can do whatever you want to do."
As for what Devon hopes for his daughter going forward, he says he just wants her to go back to life as a normal kid. "She deserves the world for the rest of her life and I just look forward to watching the type of woman she grows up to. I know her going through this has definitely made her a stronger woman and made her appreciate life a lot more."