Leah Still and Lauren Hill have been pretty pivotal figures in Cincinnati these past few months.
Hill has forged a friendship with Leah and her father, Cincinnati Bengal Devon Still, and gifted him with her number 22 jersey on Thursday. It was the jersey she wore during her Nov. 2 debut as a college basketball player.
"Forever Lauren and Leah Strong. Never Give Up!" the signed jersey read along with Hill's autograph. Still posted a photo of the jersey on his Instagram account saying "Just was surprised after practice by a really good friend, Lauren Hill, and she brought her game jersey! Gotta get this framed asap #DIPG #RaisingAwareness,"
Lauren Hill last year was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer known as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a condition so rare, only 150 cases are identified in children in North America each year.
Hill played her "one last game" in a sold out Cintas Center. Mount St. Joseph beat Hiram College 66-55. She finished the day shooting 2-of-3 with four points in her college debut.
In June, Devon Still announced that his daughter, Leah, has stage 4 neuroblastoma. She is currently being treated at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.
Leah watched her dad play on Nov. 6, and took to the field as the Bengals presented a $1.3 million check in her name to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. That money represents the sale of Still's jersey, which is the eleventh best-selling jersey in NFL history.
Hill and Leah have been tough in their battle against cancer. Hill sat with Leah at the Nov. 6 Bengals game.
“The most emotional part for me was when I looked up and saw her standing next to Lauren Hill,” Still said after the game.
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