Football star buys 53 mammograms for women to honor his late mother

NFL Player to Buy 53 Mammograms at North Carolina Hospital
NFL Player to Buy 53 Mammograms at North Carolina Hospital

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is a star both on and off the field.

In 2014, Williams' mother, Sandra Hill, lost her battle with breast cancer at just 53-years-old. In honor of his mother, as well as his four aunts he also lost to breast cancer, Williams has made it his mission to fight against this devastating disease.

Williams announced in early October that his nonprofit organization, The DeAngelo Williams Foundation, will cover the cost of 53 mammograms at hospitals located in Charlotte, North Carolina and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The number 53 is significant as it represents each year of his mother's life. According to For The Win, "The median cost of a mammogram is $243, so this is an estimated value of $12,879, but it's priceless in terms of early breast cancer detection."

The Pittsburgh running back was also one of the key players who led the 2009 push to allow NFL players to wear pink cleats throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

We applaud Williams for leading the fight, and especially love his dedication to the color pink.

Here are some Breast Cancer awareness pink products that raise money for a cure:

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