Throughout this season, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still has honored his daughter Leah, diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer, by writing the phrase "Leah Strong" on his eye black. But in Week 9, with Leah's approval, "Leah Strong" was replaced by "Lauren Strong," a tribute to college basketball player Lauren Hill who has just months to live due to an inoperable brain tumor.
Hill fulfilled a dream on Sunday by taking the court for Division III Mount St. Joseph's and making two layups.
I got the green light from baby girl to wear #LaurenStrong instead of #LeahStrong today after telling her Lauren's story. I wish I could be there today to cheer you on with the thousands of fans but I have some business to handle in the jungle today! I just want to say how proud I am of you the way you haven't let cancer stop you from living out your dream of playing bball at the collegiate level. I know I speak for the whole country, especially the cancer community, when I say your are the true definition of strength, courage and determination. You are a inspiration to all and we all love you and are rooting for you. I will wear your name with pride today! Good luck and I know you will ball out! Make sure coach B has that Mountain Dew on tuck for you haha #LaurenStrong #NeverGiveUp #PlayFor22
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) November 2, 2014
— Nibbles the Horse (@NibblesVotto) November 2, 2014