Eric Berry says God has prepared him for a battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma that is keeping him off of the football field.

Berry, the 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs safety, was recently diagnosed when he completed testing after finding a mass in his chest. After the Chiefs placed Berry on the non-football illness list last month, the NFL player publicly confirmed that he was dealing with the cancerous disease.

Berry expressed his gratitude to both his supporters and the doctors he is working with to help battle the disease.

“My family and I are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last couple of weeks. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate all the words of encouragement, the blessings and well wishes,” he said in a statement released by the Chiefs. “I want to thank the Emory University School of Medicine, along with Dr. Flowers and his team, for all of their hard work and effort in diagnosing and creating a plan for me to battle this thing.”

One of the doctors working with Berry, Christopher R. Flowers, is also the director of the Emory Lymphoma Program. He spoke about plans for chemotherapy and treatment for the NFL player.

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