DeAngelo Williams’ jersey number on the Pittsburgh Steelers may be 34, but it’s the number 53 that changed his life and will help him change the lives of just as many women. The star player’s The DeAngelo Williams Foundation will pay for 53 mammograms at hospitals in Charlotte, North Carolina and Pittsburgh – one test for each year of his mother’s life, who lost her decade-long battle with breast cancer in May 2014, reports the Daily Mail.
Initially, Williams wanted to wear pink the entire year and not just during October to honor his mother, Sandra Hill, and other family members he’s lost to cancer. The NFL told him no.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the League is ‘pinkwashed’ in special pink game apparel that is later auctioned o raise money for the American Cancer Society programs. For Williams, this wasn’t enough.
“‘It’s not just about October for me; it’s not just a month, it’s a lifestyle,” Williams told ESPN. “It’s about getting women to recognize to get tested.”