Cincinnati Bengal Devon Still Pays Respect To Oswego Boy Who Passed Away From Cancer
Cincinnati Bengal Devon Still knows all too well, the devastation of watching your child battle cancer. Luckily, his daughter Leah is in remission but others like Julian Ross, aren't so lucky. Still shared his grief after the 10 year-old Oswego boy's four year battle ended Saturday.
Still was avoiding social media until training camp was over, but broke his promise to pay his respects on Instagram, saying "I had to pay my respect to one of the strongest kids I know, Julian Ross. I just woke up to a text saying he passed away and I'm not going to lie it hurt. I've met so many amazing kids over this past year and cancer has cut short so many of their lives. I don't have a master plan but I promise you I will keep fighting for these kids and I hope you all will help me. Please pray for his family."
Still is fighting by creating the Still Strong Foundation. "Having to decide between keeping the lights on or being with your sick child is not a choice that any parent should have to make. Not being able to pay your bills because your child has treatment, should not be an option! This is where you come in. Leah and I are creating a foundation to support childhood cancer research and families’ household needs during these difficult times. At age five, Leah wants to help other children like her. We are asking that you support us as we start the Foundation," Stills said on his GoFundMe page.
The support has been strong already, with close to $10,000 in donations coming in in just over 24 hours.
Update: In the first 24hrs you all helped raise over $9,700 thank you! Let's keep it going… https://t.co/Gd3vbowWU1
— Devon Still (@Dev_Still71) August 9, 2015
Julian Ross' funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Church in Oswego. Calling hours will be held 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, at the Nelson Funeral Home in Oswego.