Over this past week the sports, entertainment, and viewer community has shown an overwhelming support for Bengals player Devon Still who’s 4 year-old daughter Leah was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, an type of cancer, this past summer. When Still found out, he faced the complex issue of wanting to be by his daughter’s side since the diagnosis was a 50/50 chance of survival, and working in order to finance her treatments. At first, Still decided to defer his football career, but then realized that the decision would make it extremely hard to provide for Leah’s treatments. The Bengals then decided that it would be best to allow Still to be a part of the practice team, so that he can continue use of his health insurance, instead of being a full time player.
Since the news broke about the young, up and coming player’s dilemma, people everywhere have been showing compassion. On today’s Ellen Show, Ellen, along with Shutterfly, donated $10,000 to assist in Leah’s medical expenses. Yesterday, The Raven’s receiver, Torrey Smith, bought several of Devon’s jersey’s in order to help out as well. The Bengals have decided that the proceeds of the sale of Still’s number 75 jersey would go to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to fund research on pediatric cancer. Also coaches Sean Payton and Chip Kelly have supported, with Payton purchasing 100 jerseys at $100 a piece, a $10,000 donation. Fans are also helping out, with there being over 5,000 jerseys purchased at this point and other donations.
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