Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still’s daughter Leah’s fight against cancer continued this week when she had surgery to remove a tumor and the team’s push to help more children battling cancer is also moving forward.
The Bengals announced that they are closing in on 10,000 orders for Still jerseys and that all of the proceeds from those orders will go to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The team will absorb the cost of the first 10,000 jerseys sold at $100 and any sales beyond 10,000 will go to the hospital after the cost of the jerseys has been accounted for.
As a result, the team plans to present a check in excess of $1 million to the hospital at their November 6 game against the Browns in Cincinnati. Sales of the jerseys, which have come from all 50 states and overseas, will continue through October 20 and the team has also put a link on their website for fans to make direct donations.
“We applaud Devon for his openness in sharing his daughter’s challenging story nationwide through media and social media,” Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn said in a release from the team. “We also applaud the response of our fans and many others to the jersey sales. The welfare of Devon and Leah are foremost in our minds, but we are proud and excited to be able to be a part of something that can help advance the cause of fighting childhood cancer.”
We continue to wish the Stills all the best as Leah continues her fight and hope that the support she has engendered allows many other children to thrive in their own battles with the insidious disease.