Penn State football coaches on Tuesday showed their support of former Nittany Lions DL Devon Still’s daughter Leah, who overcame cancer, by donning their “We Are Still Strong Foundation” sweatshirts for a group photo.
In January 2016, Leah Still’s 18-month battle with the disease came to an end, her father tweeting to the world “She really beat cancer!” Nevertheless, the Still Strong Foundation continues to “provide assistance to families whose children are battling cancer.” The funding goes directly toward the families’ non-medical bills.
Penn State coach James Franklin, other Nittany Lions pose in Still Strong Foundation apparel
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The foundation works closely with two hospitals in Philadelphia, along with one in Wilmington, Del. After reaching its fundraising goals, the Stills will look to expand their assistance to other hospitals around the area.
Still spent three seasons (2009-11) with the Nittany Lions. He produced 10.5 sacks over that span, as well as racking up 113 total tackles. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound defensive lineman was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
In 2014, Still’s story came to national forefront when the Bengals, shortly after cutting Devon prior to the start of the season, re-signed him to the practice squad in large part so he could keep his medical insurance to provide for Leah’s treatment.
The Bengals again cut in the final round of cuts prior to the 2015 season, as Leah’s cancer was in remission. The club did not re-sign him that time, however, but because Still was on the Bengals’ roster the season before, he and Leah had the NFL’s health insurance for five years.
He was out of the NFL that season but in January of last year, he signed with the Houston Texans last season. The New Jersey native played in three games but was then placed on injured reserve with a foot injury.
You can assist the foundation by purchasing merchandise or through a donation here. All proceeds go directly to their fund.