Former Pro Bowl running back DeAngelo Williams lost his mother to breast cancer in 2014. Since then, he has sponsored more than 500 mammograms as part of his foundation.
Williams, who played for the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers, began paying for the procedures through the “53 Strong for Sandra” program, named after his mother who died at the age of 53, according to The Today Show. Each event provides free mammograms for 53 women.
So far, the program has reached hospitals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Memphis, Tennessee; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Eventually, Williams’ foundation hopes to get the program in every state.
“To be able to help all these women is amazing. This can be life-changing for these women,” Williams told Today. “We are enabling them to get this care that no one should ever be denied or not have access to.”
Williams was at the front of the push in 2009 to allow NFL players to wear pink cleats in October, recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month, according to Today.
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