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What’s RIGHT with Sports and Athletes Today, Part VI

What’s RIGHT with Sports and Athletes Today, Part VI

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You may know the story by now of Cincinnati Bengals football player Devon Still. His 4 year old daughter, Leah, is battling stage 4 cancer.

Still admitted in the preseason his daughter’s condition prevented him from devoting 100 percent of his focus on football. The Bengals did something incredible: they  cut him from the team, but then signed him to the practice squad so that Still continued to receive health insurance and could travel to see his daughter in Philadelphia on weekends.

The team then went a step further. They announced that all proceeds from anyone buying a Devon Still (Number 75) Jersey from their fan store will be donated to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and pediatric cancer research. Hundreds lined up to purchase the jerseys.

Moreover, the support from others in the NFL has been incredible. New Orleans Saints’ head coach Sean Payton purchased 100 jerseys. Other players, (Baltimore Ravens Torrey Smith), have also purchased jerseys. Owners have pledged donations (Patriots owner Robert Kraft donated $25,000 to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Leah’s name).

They now have sold more than 10,000 jerseys, and are closing in on $1,000,000 in donations.

Still had been on the Bengals’ practice squad since the end of the preseason but was signed back  on to the Bengals active roster. His first game back was away at New England. During a timeout in the third quarter, the New England Patriots showed a video of his daughter. They then cut to an obviously moved Still who had a tear running down the “Leah Strong” eye-black that he was wearing.

The New England Patriot Cheerleaders were all wearing his Jersey as a tribute to Leah Still.

“It was very emotional,” Still said. “Every time I see a video like that and get a reminder of what my daughter is going through and what those other kids are going through, it’s definitely hard to fight back the tears.”

It is heartwarming that when confronted by tragedy, so many opted to do the right thing, and help this little girl, and others like her, fight these horrible diseases.

Jeffrey J. Roth, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Las Vegas Plastic Surgery
702-450-0777

References:

SB Nation
The Times-Picayune
ESPN

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