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Twitchy has been reporting on Devon Still of the Cincinnati Bengals and his daughter’s fight against cancer.
Still has taken advantage of his football notoriety in order to rally cancer patients and survivors. A community is rising around him and he has been sharing the tweets people send him.
On his Instagram account Still explained why he has been so open about his family’s struggle.
Yesterday I was asked during an interview, “Why do I open myself to the media to discuss what has to be an emotional and uncomfortable subject?” My response was that some of the country’s greatest advocates, such as MLK, had to put themselves in uncomfortable positions in order to fight for a cause that would benefit so many. Today, at Bengal Stripes a lady approached me and hugged me tight and told me in my ear that after hearing one of my interviews in May she decided to take her daughter, who wasn’t feeling well, to the doctor and she found out that she had cancer. As she cried on my shoulder all I could keep telling her was to stay strong and our daughters are going to come out on top. That moment right there let me know that everything I’m doing to raise awareness, no matter how hard it may be, is all worth it. #BeatCancer #PrayForLeah and every person fighting this battle!
— nananesbitt (@nananesbitt) October 8, 2014
— Bethany Owens (@bsowens03) October 8, 2014
@Dev_Still71 we don't get to choose our fights but we can choose how we fight. She fights with remarkable courage & grace
— Jason Dewes (@IN_duckhunter) October 8, 2014
— Cara Owsley (@caraphoto23) October 8, 2014
It's crazy the bond you feel with someone when your fighting the same battle regardless if you are… http://t.co/xCUf9tge2b
— Devon Still (@Dev_Still71) October 8, 2014
It’s crazy the bond you feel with someone when your fighting the same battle regardless if you are complete strangers…the lady I spoke about in my last post.
— Danielle A Cloakey (@mydandysunshine) October 8, 2014
— Mike Rosploch (@rozz4545) October 8, 2014
— David Owens (@dowens34) October 8, 2014
— marissaierna (@MarissaIerna) October 8, 2014
— scott cipura (@scottcipura) October 8, 2014
— Damien Scoglietti (@Grizzly_Muthaf) October 8, 2014
It’s great to see some uplifting news come out of the NFL.