Two months has felt like a lifetime in some respects for former Penn State and current Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still.
Since he was told his 4-year-old daughter Leah has neuroblastoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer, Still has asked a lot of questions where there are no answers.
But the massive 6-5, 310-pound second-year NFL player, who is an Uplifting Athletes letterman, has been publicly open and transparent about his journey inside the rare disease community.
“Two months ago I found out my daughter has neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. Kids always look up to their parents, but in just a matter of a week that all reversed for me,” Still said. “I can honestly say I truly look up to my daughter now. Her courage, strength and high spirits through it all is nothing short of inspirational.”
One avenue Still chose to support his daughter, and help others in a similar situation, is to use his platform as an NFL player to shine a spotlight on pediatric cancer.
So during the 2014 season Still and the Cincinnati Bengals are running a Pldgit campaign called Help The Bengals Sack Pediatric Cancer.
For every sack the Bengals register in the upcoming NFL season, fans can donate an amount of their choosing with the proceeds going to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“I’m dedicating my season to her and inspiring others like she has inspired me,” Still said. “Please join our team by pledging to donate for every sack our defense has this season.”
As a member of the Penn State football team, Still participated in the Uplifting Athletes PSU Chapter Lift For Life to support kidney cancer and the larger rare disease community.
Uplifting Athletes has been able to use our experiences and relationships in the rare disease community to help one of our own.
Together … We Are … Stronger!