Ill daughter of Bengals player Devon Still attends first NFL game
CINCINNATI, OH (November 7, 2014) – Four-year-old Leah Still is the daughter of Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still.
She is fighting a rare form of pediatric cancer, but on Thursday she was well enough to attend her first NFL game.
A few months ago, the Bengals announced that they would donate all proceeds from Still jersey sales to benefit pediatric cancer. And last night they honored Leah and presented a $1.3 million check to Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital.
Still described his emotions to ESPN after the game: “I would describe it as an emotional roller coaster. Seeing my daughter in the pregame with all the excitement and then seeing her on the field receiving the check and just seeing the joy in her face, I was just so proud of the perseverance she showed to raise that money.”
Leah’s story has captured the heart of millions through social media.
She is battling neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that typically has a 50% chance for survival.
Surgeons were successful in removing a cancerous tumor from her abdomen, but rounds of radiation, chemotherapy and stem-cell treatments await her before doctors can determine whether she’s cancer-free.