FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2016
Media Contact: Cristina Vetrano
CanCare Announces Devon Still, NFL Houston Texans Defensive End and Proud Father of Cancer Fighter, Leah Still, as Keynote Speaker for the 22nd Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon May 19, 2016
Houston, TX … CanCare is pleased to announce that its 22nd Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon will be held May 19, 2016 at The Westin Houston, Memorial City.
The luncheon keynote speaker will be NFL Houston Texans defensive end, Devon Still. He recently signed with the Texans after taking some time off to care for his now 5-year-old daughter, Leah, who just recently finished an intense battle with cancer.
Devon graduated from Penn State University in 2011 with a degree in Criminal Law and Justice. He received both the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Lineman of the Year awards in 2011. In 2012, he was drafted in the 2nd round by the Cincinnati Bengals.
On June 2, 2014, Devon received the devastating news that his 4-year-old daughter, Leah Still, was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma, a very rare form of childhood cancer with a 50% survival rate.
Devon put his football career on hold to be by Leah’s side during her fight. The Bengals placed him on the practice squad so he would not lose his medical benefits and not be required to travel with the team, thus allowing him to stay with Leah. Leah fought a long and hard battle and on March 18, 2015 in a post to Instagram, Devon announced that Leah was finally cancer free.
On July 15, 2015 both Devon and Leah received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs, and in January 2016, Devon signed a contract to play with the Houston Texans.
In recognition of their 25 year commitment to CanCare and bringing Hope to the cancer community, it is with great enthusiasm that Nancy and Tommy Tucker will be celebrated as the event honorees, following Nancy Tucker’s retirement in February 2016 as CanCare’s long-standing president and CEO. CanCare Founder, Anne Shaw Turnage will present the award.
Event co-chairs, Yvonne Conklin and Megan Vondra, invite the public to consider sponsorship packages starting at $500, as well as individual tickets for purchase. Details are available at www.cancare.org.
Over the past 26 years, CanCare’s message of Hope has made a tremendous difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. CanCare has trained 1,768 volunteers who are survivors of more than 75 different types of cancer. These selfless individuals, CanCare’s heroes, have provided one-on-one support to more than 22,000 people and have made over 127,000 visits to patients and families in hospitals and treatment centers. Additionally, 179,000 people have been served directly with one-time listening support and referrals to cancer resources and information.
About CanCare, Inc.
CanCare provides one-on-one emotional support to cancer patients and their families from a trained volunteer who has survived a similar type of cancer. CanCare volunteers help patients cope with a cancer diagnosis, give support during treatment and enable patients and family members to move forward with hope. Founded in 1990, CanCare now partners with more than 150 corporations, hospitals and congregations of varied faiths. All services are confidential and provided without charge. CanCare, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Houston, Texas and provides services to people world-wide. For more information, visit www.cancare.org or call 888-461-0028.