During Tuesday night's showing of "We Need to Talk" (CBS Sports Network at 10:00 p.m. ET), the first nationally televised all-female sports talk show, Cincinnati Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn was a guest during a feature about Devon and Leah Still.
"It has been a great story and it surprised us that it took off like it did. We knew of his daughter and the condition she has. From the first time it came up… we wanted to make sure we handled it the right way. From the first time we discussed it, everyone was on the same page. Everyone wanted to make sure that he was going to get the right treatment for his daughter. I give (the Still family) so much credit for how strong they have been going through this whole process."
The Bengals are donating over a million dollars to Children's Hospital for pediatric cancer research. The check will be presented in early November prior to Cincinnati's Thursday Night Football game against the Browns.
From the beginning, Cincinnati has approached Still with a family-first perspective.
"We applaud Devon for his openness in sharing his daughter’s challenging story nationwide through media and social media," said Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn. "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."
"I want to thank Devon and his family for sharing their story. Not only has it generated international attention to the issue of pediatric cancer, but it has served as an inspiration to many other families that are traveling a similar path," said Michael Fisher, president of Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center.
"I also want to thank (Bengals president) Mike Brown, Katie Blackburn, and the entire Cincinnati Bengals organization for their incredibly generous and thoughtful approach to this important effort. Finally, I want to thank the many individual donors. We promise to be good stewards of every dollar in our ongoing effort to find new and better ways to treat pediatric cancers."