Former NFL player breaks down standards of masculinity

Devon Still updates us on his daughter’s cancer battle and talks about his new series, “Man Enough to Care.”
5:19 | 02/23/21

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There were times I was in Cincinnati and my daughter was getting treated in Philadelphia. I facetimed her, watching her hair fall out, tubes hooked up to her. As soon as we would hang up the phone, I would just break down and cry. That was a clip from "Man enough to care." It features our next guest, former NFL star who left football and became a full-time care giver. All for his daughter Leah who was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Now five years later, he is sharing his experience on a new series which involves care giving through the male we want to welcome Devon still. Thank you so much for being with us. The first question is the most exciting question. Tell us how Leah is doing today. She's doing great. This past March 25th she finally hit her five-year mark. She's officially declared cancer free. She's doing really good. That's awesome. We all remember the story so well. Everyone hearing that news loves hearing it. As you put that smile on your face, do you still go back to what happened at the beginning and when you were first getting the news and first hearing from doctors about what the chances were? How much do you still think about those early days and what might have been? I think about it often. It's in a good lightow. When I used to think about it, it used to haunt me. Now that we're five years cancer free, I go back to it because I feel like I need to tap into that for the work I'm doing with our foundation where we support families with cancer. Being able to go back to what I experienced and share with those families the things we did to overcome those tough moments is very important. The series, "Man enough to care," it's about tearing down the traditional voices we all hear about masculinity and focusing on men as care givers. What do you want people to know? How has it changed after you've taken care of your daughter? What is the definition of being a man? One of the things I loved about this series is wayfair studios and caring across generations really created a safe space for men to talk about the things we struggle with. One is being care givers. I had no idea 40% of care givers are actually males. Being able to talk about our struggles and being able to share resources with each other is very important. I think the message I want to share with men out there who are care givers is understanding that vulnerability is the true strength. It's a struggle for care givers just as much as it's a struggle for the people they're taking care of. When you're able to talk about these things, you're able to uplift each other and gain the resources necessary in order to make it through this. You're sharing your story. You're encouraging other men, young men, to be vulnerable. Let's be honest here. How difficult was it for you to do that, to be that kind of vulnerable? It was extremely difficult because growing up as a man, a black man at that and an NFL player, we're taught to battle the things we're going through internally. A lot of people praised me for the things I did when Leah was battling cancer. There were things I struggled with. Being vulnerable was one of them. I felt like I had to be the rock. There were times I wanted to break down and cry in front of Leah and I wouldn't do it because I wanted to be strong for her. When I was writing my book, she told me she was doing the same thing with me. There were times she wanted to break down and cry when we were facetiming when I was in Cincinnati and she wouldn't allow herself to do it because she wanted to stay strong. As soon as we hung up the phone, she would start to cry. That taught me to be more vulnerable and share what I'm going to. Allow myself to have weak moments, but not have a weak mindset. That is so beautiful. I actually feel like I'm going to cry right now. You've done so good with Leah's story. Back in 2015 I know you all founded the still strong foundation to give grants to families who had childhood cancers. Why is that so important? How is the foundation doing? Just being inside the hospital opened up my eyes to a lot of struggles that families who are battling cancer go through. Families are literally in the hospital fighting not to lose everything like their house, their car while they're trying to do everything to save their everything. I wanted to start a foundation to financially assist those families. Bankruptcy rates are 260% higher in households battling cancer than the same households without cancer. I wanted to start something where we can give families financial aid to focus on championing their child through the disease. Devon, bless you for what you're doing, your entire family for being as open as you have been. You're helping so many other folks. We couldn't be happier to get the news about how you guys are we hope to see you back on "Gma3" at some point. Give our best to the entire family. We will. Thank you for having me. "Man enough to care" is available now on the man enough to care site and YouTube. Beautiful man. Beautiful story. Beautiful family.

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