Former Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams covers costs of 500 mammograms to honor late mother

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams first started covering the cost of mammograms for women in 2015.

Five years after the death of his mother to breast cancer, Williams is still committed to fighting against the disease.

People reports Williams' mother, Sandra Hill, died at the age of 53 in 2014. The running back, who played eight seasons for the Carolina Panthers and another two for the Pittsburgh Steelers, also lost four aunts to the disease before the age of 50.

To honor his late female family members, Williams, 36, decided to help women across the country by paying for their mammogram screenings through his nonprofit organization, The DeAngelo Williams Foundation.

Since 2014, he and his foundation have paid for 500 mammograms.

Shortly after his mother’s death, Willaims was playing for the Carolina Panthers, the athlete launched the “53 Strong for Sandra” program, an event where his foundation partnered with Charlotte Radiology and Levine Cancer Institute to provide free mammograms and follow-up care to 53 women in the area.

In a note on Twitter, DeAngelo said he chose 53 women because it was a “significant number” that represented “how old my mom was when she lost her battle to breast cancer.”

Click here to learn more about his foundation.

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