Redskins players hold Q&A with fans, raise money for childhood cancer research

ASHBURN, Va. (WJLA) - On Monday night, Washington Redskins players gathered with fans at the team’s Ashburn facility to support a cause that has nothing to do with football – and everything to do with perseverance.

It’s called a “chalk talk,” and star players – including Robert Griffin III – opened up Monday night during a casual Q&A session with hundreds of fans. Meanwhile, others like Pierre Garcon shared a meal with fans.

Admission is steep, because the team’s charitable foundation is donating 100-percent of the proceeds to “Smashing Walnuts,” an organization that raises money for childhood cancer research.

Its founder, 10-year-old Gabriella Miller, passed away in October from a brain tumor the size of a walnut.

After her diagnosis, Gabriella raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, and just last week, a bill named after her that funnels millions to fight childhood diseases passed in the U.S. House.

RGIII says he has learned a lot about pushing past this team’s on-the-field disappointments from a little girl, who has inspired so many with this one quote: "You may have a bad day today, but there's always a bright shining star to look forward to tomorrow."