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With sales of Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still’s No. 75 jersey nearing 10,000, the team now plans to present a check for more the $1 million to the Cincinnati Children’s Medical.
Still and his four-year-old daughter Leah have become the national faces of pediatric cancer as she battles Stage 4 of the disease. Leah was diagnosed with a Neuroblastoma tumor in her abdomen in June.
Still sent a message via Instagram Thursday that said, “After a 5hr 50min surgery the surgeon was able to remove ALL of her tumor and all of her lymph nodes and her right adrenal gland where it all started from…best news I’ve received in a long time,” but he also says she is still in a fight.
According to the Bengals website, not only have Bengals fans purchased Still’s jersey, but people from all 50 states, Canada, the UK and Australia have purchased Still’s jersey for $100 as a way to raise funds for cancer research at Cincinnati Children’s. Saints head coach Sean Payton purchased 100 jerseys earlier this month.
The Bengals outlined how they handled sales of Still’s jersey in a press release. The club absorbs the cost of the first 10,000 jerseys at about $500,000 with the full sale price going to Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. On sales in excess of 10,000, the hospital continues to benefit from all sales minus the cost of the jerseys.
“We applaud Devon for his openness in sharing his daughter’s challenging story nationwide through media and social media,” Bengals executive vice-president Katie Blackburn said in a press release.
“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.”
The jersey sale continues through Monday, Oct. 20, and there is a link on Bengals.com for fans to contribute directly to Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. On Nov. 6 at the Bengals’ Thursday Night Football game against Cleveland at Paul Brown Stadium (8:25 p.m.-NFL Network), the Bengals plan to present the check to the hospital for more than $1 million.
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