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They’re some of the Atlanta Falcons’ smallest and strongest supporters – the little fighters at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are toughing out their treatments to cheer on the Falcons just days away from the Super Bowl.

Ella, who is battling Langerhans cell histiocytosis, is all smiles as she wears her custom-made Falcons gown. The 15-month-old was diagnosed with the very rare form of cancer when she was 7 months old. Ella has been living at the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for about two months. Her grandmother made the Falcons hospital gown for her to wear during the NFC championship.

Ella is in her eighth month of chemo battling Langerhans cell histiocytosis. As this little fighter cheers on the Atlanta Falcons in a custom-made gown, she's hoping for a win against cancer, too!

Posted by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Monday, January 30, 2017

The hospital even produced a video showing its patients and staff doing “the Arthur,” the Falcons' owner Arthur Blank’s now-famous dance.

Patients and Staff Do the Arthur

Hey, Atlanta Falcons: When you take the field tomorrow, remember that our patients and staff will be rising up, doing “the Arthur” and cheering for you from across the city!

Posted by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Saturday, January 21, 2017

The hospital also posted a photo (below) of 17-month-old Wyatt, who has garnered thousands of likes on the hospital's Facebook page. Wyatt was diagnosed with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, a rare form of dwarfism. He was later diagnosed with spinal cord stenosis, a condition commonly found in dwarfism, in which a child’s head is disproportionate to his or her smaller frame. Cervical collars were used to reduce pressure and avoid surgery.

Today, thanks to a fashionable set of 30 collars, Wyatt’s spinal stenosis is almost completely resolved, and there is no surgery in his future.

Our Atlanta Falcons are Super Bowl bound! #RiseUp

Posted by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Sunday, January 22, 2017