If you were to meet a 6-foot-tall, 330-pound powerlifter nicknamed “The Beast,” chances are you wouldn’t expect him to have a soft side. But David Douglas spits in the face of that notion. The weightlifter can bench 600 pounds and deadlift 770, but when it comes to being a sweetheart, his abilities are limitless.

While competing in a powerlifting event in Detroit, he met a very special little girl who changed his life forever.

He looks big and scary, but the little one he met at that event turned him into a total softie!

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Lindsay Ratcliffe, a 12-year-old girl who suffers from a disease called progeria, was at the competition. The moment Douglas saw her, he knew he needed to say hello.

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The event was sponsored by HopeKids, which is a charity organization that aims to help children suffering from rare diseases.

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Douglas thinks of Ratcliffe like a sister, and they’re nearly inseparable at this point!

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When asked about his friendship with Ratcliffe, Douglas said, “She pulls me out of rough spots just by thinking of her. That is a priceless gift.”

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It just goes to show you that no matter how physically powerful you are, you can find strength in all kinds of places.

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If you would like to learn more about HopeKids, you can go to their website. To help Lindsay Ratcliffe specifically, you can click here to find out how!