Perseverance is a person’s continuous effort to rise from a hard fall, to learn after committing mistakes and to go on living despite the pain.
This video features NFL star Devon Still as he accepts the Jimmy V Perseverance Award on behalf of his cancer-stricken daughter, Leah Still. On the night of July 15, 2015, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle delivered an 8-minute speech at the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Awards, detailing his experiences as a father of a 4-year-old girl who is already fighting for her life. He also admitted how close he was to giving up and how he realized that he could give his daughter’s battle a purpose.
ESPYs co-executive producer Maura Mandt said in an ESPN.com article, “This award is a testament to the inspiration Devon and Leah are to all the families who are suffering from similar circumstances. It is our hope that with this award we can send them more strength as they face this latest challenge.”
Learn more about this great father-daughter story by watching this video.