Devon Still launches foundation to help families with pediatric cancer
Rebecca Butts, firstname.lastname@example.org 8:58 a.m. EDT August 9, 2015 Read Original Article
Devon Still and his daughter, Leah, have launched the “Still Strong Foundation” to support families fighting pediatric cancer.
In an Instagram post on Saturday, Still wrote about watching other parents struggle during hospital stays for pediatric cancer. Leah recently celebrated the end of her radiation treatment for pediatric cancer and was cleared to go home.
“One of the things that broke my heart was watching parents have to leave their child in order to go to work so they could pay their bills,” Still wrote. “Having to decide between keeping the lights on or being with your sick child is not a choice any parents should have to make.”
In the post, Still asked each of his 556,000 Instagram followers to donate $1 to the foundation to help the families and pediatric cancer research.
The foundation’s goal is to reach $500,000. Donors have raised $9,489 on its gofundme page in the first 20 hours.
Every day I am asked by people how they can help.
Though Leah is healthy, she will have to get monitored and screened for the rest of her life. During our stay in the hospital I saw many parents like me who watched their child struggle. Sadly, some were not as fortunate as Leah and I.
One of the things that broke my heart was watching parents have to leave their child in order to go to work so they could pay their bills. Many of them were heads of single-family households.
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 called the StillStrong 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.
Our goal is high because we want to make a major difference in the cancer community with the most transparent foundation out here! Just $1 from each of my followers will help us reach the goal!
Like I said in my Espy speech, I will never stop fighting for these kids. I’m tired of watching these kids die way too soon and I hope you all are too! Let’s make a difference!
Thank you in advance for your support!
Leah and Devon