Former NFL Player Sponsors 500+ Mammograms in Mother’s Memory
This former NFL player honored his mother and aunts who died from breast cancer by sponsoring more than 500 mammograms.
DeAngelo Williams’ mother passed away from breast cancer—so the former NFL player is helping other women get life-saving mammograms.
In 2006, the former running back started the DeAngelo Williams Foundation to honor his mother Sandra as well as her four sisters, all of whom died before the age of 50. In 2014, the foundation started “53 Strong for Sandra.” The initiative, named for his mother and the age when she passed away, provided funding for 53 mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women in Charlotte, NC. Since then, the foundation has provided screening events in other states and helped hundreds of patients, with Williams himself has taken part in many of them.
In addition to screenings, they provide extra financial support to women for treatment and appointments if they need it. They also puts\ on philanthropic events and, according to their website, have created “an immeasurable about of awareness” about Breast Cancer.
Mammograms are used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms. Early detection of cancer signs means that women can start treatment before it advances to more serious stages. The American Cancer Society recommends that women at average risk should get yearly mammograms starting at age 45, and every other year starting at age 55.
Williams hopes his foundation can eventually serve women in all 50 states.
“To all the survivors and the ones that’s going through it, we love you. You’re not alone.” he stated in a video on Twitter. “We will continue to fight against breast cancer.”