Prior to Cincinnati's Thursday Night game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 6, the Bengals will present a check to Cincinnati Children's Medical Center in excess of $1 million to help fight pediatric cancer.
With Devon Still's daughter fighting stage four cancer, the team initiated an effort to help one of their own by donating all proceeds from every Devon Still jersey that was sold. Nearly 10,000 have sold already. After a lengthy procedure, Leah Still was cleared of all tumors but her fight to be cancer-free continues. Donations from jersey sales will continue to feed into Children's Hospital until Oct. 20.
"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."