DeAngelo Williams paying for 53 mammograms to honor mother lost to breast cancer.
According to Today, Williams’ non-profit organization, The DeAngelo Williams Foundation, will cover the cost of 53 mammogram tests to raise awareness and encourage women to get tested.
This began in 2014, when his foundation launched “53 Strong for Sandra,” an event that partners with Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute and Charlotte Radiology to “provide free mammograms and follow up care for 53 women in Charlotte.”
This year, the event will also extend to Pittsburgh and Memphis, Williams announced in a tweet.
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) October 6, 2015
In 2014, Williams wrote “Wear Pink For My Mom, Who Lived to Love,” an article published to The MMQB, articulating his mother’s battle with breast cancer and his consequential motivation to raise awareness.
“One time, a lady came up to me and said she was going to get examined just because she saw me wearing pink cleats during a game. I walked away thinking, Wow, pink is really so much more than just a color. It’s a lifesaver. It’s awareness. If we reach one, we reach millions. If we reach millions, we’re doing our job and getting closer to finding a cure,” Williams wrote.
Moreover, Williams’ piece concludes with a two part challenge: first, to encourage a year-round effort to raise awareness. Second, to encourage people to speak to their loved ones about getting mammograms. Then, ask those people pass it along.