Bengals' Devon Still inspired by his daughter
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and many others were inspired by his four-year-old daughter, Leah, who's battling cancer.
The Bengals presented a check of almost $1.4 million Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to benefit pediatric cancer research, raising money through selling her father's jersey.
“It was like a rollercoaster of emotions,” Devon Still said. “Every time I was able to see my daughter, it was good emotions. We definitely wanted to go out there and win that game. That would have been the cherry on top of everything.”
The Bengals didn't win, though.
Leah is heading back to Philadelphia to start radiation treatment next week.
“You never think that your child would face a battle like this,” said Still. “The strength that my daughter has shown me, the courage that she has shown me, is nothing short of inspirational. She’s allowed me to go out and meet a lot kids that are dealing with the same thing. Being surrounded by those kids you just get a different outlook on life.
"I am very proud of my daughter and the amount of awareness that she has raised for pediatric cancer and the funds that she’s raised for pediatric cancer. She thinks she’s a movie star. She’s handled the whole ordeal tremendously. I never expect a four-year-old to be able to go through this and be able to understand what she’s going through and be able to put a smile on her face.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun