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Heartfelt Kindness: Football Star DeAngelo Williams Who Lost Mom And 4 Aunts To Breast Cancer Sponsored 500 Mammograms To Honor Them

October 11, 2019

DeAngelo Williams has a big heart. The retired NFL star is determined to lend a hand to fight breast cancer. Back in 2014, Williams lost his mother to the terrible disease.

After his mom's death, DeAngelo provided free mammograms and care to 53 women to honor his mother. The number 53 represents the age his mother lost her battle to breast cancer.

Fighting cancer

The former Pittsburgh Steelers running back is dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. DeAngelo through his foundation has covered the cost of mammogram screening for over 500 women.

Since 2015, the non-profit organization covered breast cancer screening at different centers located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Memphis, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

The star running back began sponsoring the free mammogram screening in honor of his mother and aunts through the "53 Strong for Sandra" program.

He lost his mother to cancer at the age of 53 and four aunts before 50 years old. In a statement obtained by TODAY, the football star said:

To be able to help all these women is amazing. This can be life-changing for these women. "We are enabling them to get this care that no one should ever be denied or not have access to.

The strongest woman

Williams described his mother as the strongest woman he's ever known. The retired player said he didn’t understand how strong she was until years later.

He also got a call from the doctor who said his mother was a remarkably strong woman. Despite she had been getting chemotherapy for three years, her body wasn’t responding to it.

This football star is using his celebrity status to fight against breast cancer and create awareness. His mother and aunts would be very proud of him.