DeAngelo Williams wants to make a difference after such a personal tragic loss.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers running back started covering the cost of mammogram screening for women in 2015 through his nonprofit organization, The DeAngelo Williams Foundation.
In the four years since, his foundation has covered the cost of over 500 mammograms at hospitals located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Memphis, Tennessee; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Charlotte, North Carolina, according to Today.
Back in 2014, Williams lost his mother to breast cancer at the age of 53 and has also lost four aunts to the disease. They were all under 50 years of age.
“To be able to help all these women is amazing. This can be life-changing for these women,” Williams said in a statement to TODAY recently. “We are enabling them to get this care that no one should ever be denied or not have access to.”
“DeAngelo wants to ensure that no woman (or man) fights breast cancer alone,” Risalyn Williams, his wife and executive director of The DeAngelo Williams Foundation, told TODAY via email.