On Thursday, Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still posted—the most—inspiring video, in my opinion, of 2014.

Hours before his daughter Leah’s surgery, the devoted father uploaded a video to his Instagram page. You see Devon giving Leah a pre-surgery pep talk. He captioned the video:

Pre-surgery pep talk…I might be nervous and scared beyond words but I’ll never let her see it…let’s get this done!

Following a nearly six-hour long procedure, surgeons informed the Still family they were able to remove ALL of Leah’s tumor, all of her lymph nodes and her right adrenal gland, where the cancer started, according to Devon.

Leah was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma on June 2. Following complaints of pain in her hip, Devon took Leah to the hospital where she was diagnosed. The pediatric cancer physician said Leah had a 50-50 chance of survival. Leah will continue chemotherapy, radiation and stem-cell transplants in an effort to restore her bone marrow and stem cells. The Still family remains hopeful Leah will soon be completely free of cancer.

In addition, as of Sept. 12 nearly 40,000 Devon Still Bengal jerseys has been shipped out with a personal note from the football player saying, “I want to thank you for supporting my family and my daughter Leah through your generosity. It means a lot to me, and it means a lot to families fighting cancer in Cincinnati and across the country. Thank you for giving—we appreciate it more than you know.”

The proceeds from his jersey will go to raising money for pediatric cancer.

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  • vintage3000

    aw man, that photo of Leah sleeping… I don’t know how parents survive ordeals like this. Devon’s appreciation message to everyone is beautiful also. Very grateful the surgery is a success, and yeah this story (including Devon’s great charity initiative) won’t be all over mainstream front pages but that’s ok.

  • MommieDearest

    This is so wonderful and touching. Good for Devon and I’m praying for Leah’s continued healing. I’m glad some good news is coming out of the NFL for a change.

  • Anthony

    Sending some prayers towards that lovely family. May that baby live a long and healthy life!

  • Mary Burrell

    Praying for this baby and her daddy and praying for her recovery.