Former NFL Star Who Lost Mother To Breast Cancer Pays It Forward By Sponsoring 500 Mammograms
Former football star DeAngelo Williams recently donated thousands of dollars to help women who cannot afford to undergo a mammogram through his non-profit organization, dedicated in honor of his late mother who died of breast cancer.
On Wednesday The DeAngelo Williams Foundation made the announcement via Facebook, which aimed to correct a past TODAY show report circulating on social media.
“Recently, a 2015 article by the Today Show was recirculating about DeAngelo Williams funding free 53 mammograms. Well they updated the article to inform everyone we have sponsored well over 500 mammograms and have no plans of stopping! #53strongforSandra.
The hashtag #53strongforSandra was made in homage to Williams’ mother Sandra Hill who died from the disease in 2014. The former Carolina Panthers player also lost four aunts to breast cancer all before the age of 50.
“To be able to help all these women is amazing. This can be life-changing for these women,” Williams said in a statement to TODAY. “We are enabling them to get this care that no one should ever be denied or not have access to.”
During their initial effort the foundation made a point to cover 53 exams for women in cities where Williams played professionally, including Pittsburgh, Memphis, Jonesboro and Charlotte.
Mammogram exams ultimately serve as a life-saver and can provide early detection of breast cancer. The news comes during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a period to honor those who are still battling with the disease, those we lost, and survivors.
Williams’ foundation is run by his wife Rosalyn and has made it a fundamental practice to cover mammogram exams for women in financial need.
“DeAngelo wants to ensure that no woman (or man) fights breast cancer alone,” she told TODAY via email.