ESPN is commemorating Leah Still's fight by honoring her and Devon at the ESPYs this year with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.
Unfortunately, Leah won't be able to attend as doctors could not clear her to travel because her immune system was still too weakened. Leah has continued to receive stem-cell treatments and radiation to strengthen her immune system since finding out she is in remission a few months ago.
The good news is there haven't been any more setbacks, and Devon made sure to let the world know Leah is doing GREAT:
Leah is doing GREAT. It’s normal protocol for kids that just had stem cell transplant to not be able to leave the house for 90 days— Devon Still (@Dev_Still71) July 14, 2015
Because their immune system gets totally wiped out— Devon Still (@Dev_Still71) July 14, 2015
In fact, she's doing so well she was able to make breakfast in bed for her dad for his birthday this week.
It's great to hear Leah is doing fine and that this development was expected, even if it means she can't be at the ESPYs to receive her award.
The Jimmy V. Perseverance Award was named after legendary NC State men's basketball coach Jim Valvano, who delivered an emotional speech at the 1993 ESPYS during his own bout with cancer. Past recipients of the award include NBA coach George Karl, former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, and last year's recipient, the late SportsCenter anchor, Stuart Scott.
You can watch Devon receive the Perseverance Award on behalf of Leah at the 2015 ESPYs on Wednesday night. The award ceremony takes place at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. on Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. EST and will be televised by ABC for the first time. The ESPYs are being emceed by Joel McHale and you can still vote for some of the awards to be handed out tomorrow night.