Leah Still, defensive tackle Devon Still’s 4 year old daughter, has been on everyone’s minds lately. Her battle against cancer has been highly publicized, and on Wednesday, September 17th, the football star had some good news to share. His daughter’s tumor has shrunk, a positive response to her rounds of chemotherapy.
“Right now [the doctors] say it’s gone from a grapefruit size, to a tomato size tumor so I don’t know what that means but I know it’s good news” the relieved father announced.
The neuroblastoma tumor had been found in Leah’s abdomen, and now the family is anxiously awaiting test results that will verify whether the neuroblastoma cells have been limited to the tumor itself. The results will be available to them today, Friday September 19th. If all goes well, doctors will be able to remove the tumor from Leah’s body on the 25th, leaving her cancer-free.
Devon’s team, The Bengals, have been hugely supportive of his family’s struggle. They have pledged all proceeds from his jersey sales to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a move that had Still set a franchise record in just one day. So far, they have raised over half a million dollars. Shirts are also being sold for the cause by cincyshirts.com.
A retail outlet at Penn State College, McLanahan’s, quickly followed suit designing “S7ILL STRONG” Tees to raise funds as well. All proceeds will go to Still, who will be forwarding them along to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.