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Winston-Salem family loses young daughter to Neuroblastoma

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The 4-year-old daughter of NFL player, Devon Still has captured the hearts of so many.

Leah is battling Stage Four Neuroblastoma. This past week she was able to see her dad play for the first time.

A family in Winston-Salem feels for the Still father and daughter because they've been through the same fight.

"It's certainly a journey and a world that we were slammed into like he is and once you are in that world you are aware of it," explains Michelle Boyte, Lillie's mom.

Back in 2006, Michelle and Cory Boyte noticed their 2-year-old daughter, Lillie wasn't sleeping well and had a fever. Lillie started feeling worse so they took her to the hospital.

"When the doctors told us she had Neuroblastoma we had never heard Neuroblastoma. We asked him to spell it and we wrote it down and then of course we go and research it," explains Boyte.

Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that mainly affects children. Around 500 are diagnosed each year.

Lillie's mom and dad did everything they could but the cancer was too much for Lillie. Lillie passed away when she was 3.

Lillie's family started Lillie's Friends, an organization to help families whose children are battling cancer.

Since Lillie's Friends started in 2009, it’s raised more than $300,000 for pediatric cancer research.