NFL Player Devon Still Gives Daughter One Heckuva Pep Talk Before Cancer Surgery (VIDEO)

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Football players are used to facing tough opponents on the field. But for Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, the latest challenge is a lot more personal. His 4-year-old daughter Leah is battling stage-four pediatric cancer. But in preparation yesterday, the tough NFL player delivered a sweet pre-surgery pep talk to his little girl.

Still made headlines earlier this month when it was revealed that he was cut from his NFL team only to be re-signed back onto the squad. The kindhearted move was done so Still could benefit from the team's insurance and be able to afford Leah's cancer treatments.

Now, with chemotherapy and surgeries on the horizon, the father-daughter duo are tackling cancer head-on. Check out the beautiful and heart-warming speech:

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Check out that adorable smile! Clearly, the encouragement is working and keeping the 4-year-old in high spirits.

And as brave and enthusiastic as Devon appears in the clip, he did admit his fears: "I might be nervous and scared beyond words but I'll never let her see it ... let's get this done!"

Seeing children go through something so rough and heart-wrenching is enough to destroy a parent. Staying tough, resilient, and uplifting during a time of such stress and agony is much easier said than done. But staying positive and happy -- even if it's sometimes tough to muster up that smile -- can change the child's entire approach. Letting them know that you're there and doing OK is sometimes the best way to get them cheerful.

And it looks like the pep talk did the trick.

Still shared the following update late last night: "After a 5hr 50min surgery the surgeon was able to remove ALL of her tumor and all of her lymph nodes and her right adrenal gland where it all started from...best news I've received in a long time #PrayForLeah #GodIsGood #ThanksForYourSupport"

Great news, indeed!

While Leah is not yet cancer-free -- it had also spread to her bone marrow, which will hopefully be removed in the next couple treatments -- this is certainly a step in a great direction. Our thoughts and healing wishes are with the Still family.

How do you keep your children smiling during a hard time?

 

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