In happy NFL-related news: 4-year-old Leah gets a great pre-surgery pep talk from her dad, Devon Still of the Cincinnati Bengals. As Yahoo Sports reports, doctors discovered that Leah suffers from a form of pediatric cancer, neuroblastoma, in June of this year. However, her tumor has subsided and there is hope it will be removed before she faces another round of treatment. Leah’s surgery is scheduled for Thursday at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
As if that wasn’t a sweet enough story, the Bengals have been a pretty understanding and great employer: while Still was previously cut, the team re-signed him to its practice squad so he would be financially supported (he was later added to the active roster) and allowed him to leave early to throw his daughter a pre-surgery party.
Devon Still & Daughter’s Pre-Surgery Pep Talk (uploaded to Still’s public Instagram account)
UPDATE: The Bengals will take a $500,000 financial hit in their $1M donation to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.