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Bengals Cut Then Re-Sign Devon Still So He’ll Have Health Insurance for Daughter’s Cancer Treatment

09/06/2014 AT 05:45 PM EDT

It’s been a difficult few months for Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still. In June, doctors diagnosed his 4-year-old daughter, Leah, with a potentially fatal, rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma.

Earlier this week, Still, who skipped much of the team’s minicamp practices to be with his little girl, got cut from the Bengals’ roster, leaving the 25-year-old former All-American without a job or medical insurance.

“I completely understand where they were coming from,” Still said in an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“I can’t give football 100 percent right now. In the business aspect they want guys to solely focus on football, which is understandable,” he said. “We are here to win this city a Super Bowl and right now I am not in a position where I can give football 100 percent of everything I have.”

Still soon realized that his dismissal was a “blessing in disguise,” according to an interview he gave ABC News.

Head coach Marvin Lewis later informed him that the team had decided to sign Still to their practice squad, ensuring that he has medical coverage for Leah’s cancer treatments, and a $6,300-per-week salary. The move also allows Still to spend more time with his daughter than he could if he remained on the team, because he won’t be traveling as much.

“They could have washed their hands with me and said they didn’t care about what I was going through off the field,” Still said.

Last week, Still, who shaved his head in solidarity with his daughter, revealed on Instagram that Leah had begun another round of chemotherapy.

“Round 4 of chemo starts today,” he wrote. “Sending up a prayer that God allows my daughter to remain as strong as she has [for] her previous cycles and I ask that after this chemo the test shows that the tumor has shrunk to the point where it allows for an easy surgery to remove it.”

Bengals Cut Then Re Sign Devon Still So Hell Have Health Insurance for Daughters Cancer Treatment
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Watch The Stars Align As They Stand Up To Cancer

Watch The Stars Align As They Stand Up To Cancer

Funny man Steve Carell, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, Foo Fighters‘ front man Dave Grohl, and other famous faces are joining in the fight against cancer. On September 5th, the Entertainment Industry Foundation will be holding their fourth biennial telethon, Stand Up To Cancer.

This one-hour event will air across 32 broadcast and cable networks as well as stream on Hulu and Yahoo. Instead of the traditional phone banks where viewers can call in and donate, SU2C will feature a “digital lounge” hosted by news anchor, Katie Couric. All the stars who have signed up to be part of the initiative will be dialing out to supporters through a new campaign called “We’re Calling You.”

For information on how to sign up to be on the call list, see the full list of channels broadcasting the event, and to get the names of all the stars who have signed up to take cancer down, check out the press release below.

MORE STARS STAND UP TO CANCER
THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th – 8:00 PM ET AND PT / 7:00 PM CT

Robert Downey Jr., Melissa McCarthy, Steve Carell, Sofia Vergara, Ben Falcone, Kevin Bacon, Anna Kendrick,
Tony Goldwyn, Dave Grohl, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Gad, Giada De Laurentiis, Jaime King, Mira Sorvino,
Joe Manganiello, Jordana Brewster, Alison Sweeney, Amanda de Cadenet, Charlie Wilson, & Diem Brown
Join the One-hour Telecast

SU2C Airing on 32 Broadcast and Cable Networks; Streaming on Hulu and Yahoo

http://www.standup2cancer.org | facebook.com/su2c | Instagram: @SU2C | Twitter: @SU2C

LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK – September 3, 2014 – This Friday, September 5th (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), will stage its fourth biennial fundraising event. Robert Downey Jr., Melissa McCarthy, Steve Carell, Sofia Vergara, Ben Falcone, Kevin Bacon, Anna Kendrick, Tony Goldwyn, Dave Grohl, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Gad, Giada De Laurentiis, Jaime King, Mira Sorvino, Joe Manganiello, Jordana Brewster, Alison Sweeney, Amanda de Cadenet, Charlie Wilson, and Diem Brown, will be part of the star-studded appeal to help build public support for SU2C’s groundbreaking translational research that can provide patients with new therapies to save lives now. They join previously announced participants including Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Couric, Reese Witherspoon, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Mark Harmon, Rob Lowe, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale, Dane Cook, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marg Helgenberger, Matt Passmore, Rob Riggle, Italia Ricci, Ethan Zohn and Bree Turner. Special musical performances include: The Who, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco & Common, Ariana Grande, and Dave Matthews Band.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions will co-executive produce the September 5th broadcast, live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, along with ABC Family, American Forces Network, AXS TV, Bravo, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, E!, Encore, Encore Espanol, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FOX Sports 2, FXM, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN, Logo TV, MLB Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Palladia, Pivot, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, TNT and VH1 are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the nationally televised fundraising special on Friday. In addition, the show will stream live on both Hulu and Yahoo.

Instead of the traditional phone bank staffed by celebrities, the September 5th telecast will feature a “digital lounge” on the set, hosted by Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric. Stars in the digital lounge will reach out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms through an exciting new campaign called “We’re Calling You” that SU2C’s supporters can sign up for, as of today, at werecallingyou.org.

In the on-stage digital lounge, Katie Couric will tap into the Facebook Mentions Box, which allows supporters to share their connection to cancer and receive real-time responses from celebrities. Other celebrities in the digital lounge will participate in Facebook Q&As, using their own pages to respond live to fan questions. Facebook and Instagram will also have a presence on the star-studded red carpet on September 5th with a photo experience that will capture the stars as they make their way into the Dolby Theatre, sharing those images and videos with fans. All of this, and much more, can be followed on Stand Up To Cancer’s social media feeds (http://www.standup2cancer.org | facebook.com/su2c | Instagram: @SU2C | Twitter: @SU2C).

In addition to Facebook, an array of digital and social media platforms and influencers— ranging from Shazam, reddit, Nerdist, Tumblr, Yahoo, Hulu, AOL, and The Huffington Post— are helping support SU2C this year.

For the first time, there will be a Canada-inclusive co-broadcast of the 2014 telecast, which will air simultaneously on all four major English-language Canadian networks: CBC, City, CTV and Global, along with Canadian services AMI, CHCH, CHEK, Fight Network, Gusto TV, Hollywood Suite and TLN. All funds received from the Canadian general public during the broadcast will be directed towards the creation of collaborative research teams, as well as education and awareness programs conducted in Canada.

The first three SU2C telecasts took place on September 5, 2008, September 10, 2010 and September 7, 2012, and were made available to more than 190 countries. To date, more than $261 million has been pledged to support SU2C’s innovative cancer research programs. Since 2008, SU2C has funded 12 “Dream Teams” of researchers and two translational research teams, as well as 26 young innovative scientists whose high-risk, potentially high-reward projects are aimed at ending cancer’s reign as a leading cause of death worldwide.

SU2C was founded on the belief that collaboration would play an integral role in advancing cancer research. To date, Stand Up To Cancer has brought together more than 750 of the best and the brightest research scientists from 112 institutions in six countries to work together in order to save lives now. SU2C-funded researchers have planned, launched or completed more than 140 clinical trials.

Source: Watch The Stars Align As They Stand Up To Cancer

Dancing with the Stars Announces Season 19 Cast, The View Gets Its New Leading Ladies + More of…

Dancing with the Stars Announces Season 19 Cast, The View Gets Its New Leading Ladies + More of...

Mean Girls hunk Jonathan Bennett is one of many joining the upcoming Dancing with the StarsThe View snags an activist and political commentator as the show’s newest co-hosts, Gisele Bundchen goes where no model has gone before, and more of today’s First Dibs.

  • Back to the Future star Lea ThompsonPretty Little Liars‘ actress Janel Parrish and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s Alfonso Ribeiro (will he do the Carlton dance?) are some of the stars hitting the dance floor this fall. [E!]
  • Singer Rosie Perez and author Nicolle Wallace join as official new co-hosts for the upcoming season of The View. [USA Today]
  • Gisele Bundchen is the first non-athlete spokesperson for Under Armour. [NY Mag]
  • Matthew McConaughey is rocking the nerdy chic look for his new film, The Sea of Trees. [Just Jared]
  • Regardless of recent speculation, George Clooney‘s fiancée is not pregnant. [US Weekly]
  • Eva Longoria claims an Apple employee stole her private information to personally contact her. [KIIS FM]
  • Why did Kim Kardashian and Kanye West lock themselves in a UK toilet at the GQ Awards? [Naughty but Nice Rob]
  • Chris Pratt‘s less than perfect first pitch will make you love him even more. [UPROXX]

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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Wes Welker — Churchill Downs Backs NFL Star … No Signs of Drug Use

Churchill Downs has no problems with Wes Welker — with reps telling TMZ Sports there were no signs he was doing drugs during the Kentucky Derby … noting that he’s welcome back to the track anytime. Welker was suspended by the NFL for 4 games…

Wes Welker — Churchill Downs Backs NFL Star … No Signs of Drug Use
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