Football star sponsors 500 mammograms in honor of mom lost to breast cancer
DeAngelo Williams honors his mother’s memory by sponsoring 500 mammograms.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back is an active supporter of finding a cure and cancer awareness. He is now covering 500 mammogram screenings for women, an essential test in detecting breast cancer.
Since 2015, he funds these screenings through The DeAngelo Williams Foundation, his own nonprofit organization. His foundation covers 500 mammograms across hospitals that are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Memphis, Tennessee; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Charlotte North Carolina.
This is in honor of his mother Sandra Hill’s memory. Hill died from breast cancer in 2014 at the age of 53. Williams also lost four aunts to breast cancer, all under the age of 50. His hashtag #WeAreInThisTogether is often used in his posts about breast cancer. The “53 Strong for Sandra” is the main program in his foundation that sponsors these mammogram screenings. The foundation hopes that one day, this test will be free.
A few years ago, the NFL has been strengthening its ties with the American Cancer Society, focusing on prevention and awareness with the program “Crucial Catch.” Williams and other NFL players often donate to the cause and raise awareness, some even going to hospitals and visiting fans who suffer from the disease.
This restores hope in humanity for they save lives through their many acts of kindness. Williams continues to broaden the scope of his projects in supporting people with breast cancer.