Despite the fact that the NFL won’t let him wear pink all season long, Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is standing up for breast cancer another way. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Williams will pay for a total of 53 mammograms in Pittsburgh and Charlotte, North Carolina, where he starred on the Carolina Panthers for years.
Williams will do this in honor of his mother, Sandra Hill, who lost her battle with breast cancer in May 2014. He has also died the tips of his hair pink in her honor.
“It’s not just about October for me; it’s not just a month, it’s a lifestyle. It’s about getting women to recognize to get tested,” Williams told ESPN’s Lisa Salters. “The hair, it’s part of the uniform from the standpoint of being tackled, but it’s not specific on what color it has to be or if it has to match the uniform.”
This is a fantastic gesture on Williams’ end, especially since it hits so close to home for him. Breast cancer is a serious disease that claims the lives of far too many, including some in my family, and what Williams is doing is an excellent way to spread further awareness of how to prevent a rise in deaths from it.
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