Former NFL Player DeAngelo Williams Has Helped Pay for 500 Mammograms to Honor Late Mom

DeAngelo Williams' mom died of breast cancer in 2014.
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The former Pittsburgh Steelers player started The DeAngelo Williams Foundation in 2015.

Former football player DeAngelo Williams, whose mom died of breast cancer, is covering the costs of mammograms for hundreds of women to honor her.

Williams, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, started The DeAngelo Williams Foundation, and since 2015, the organization has covered the costs for 500 mammograms

Williams's mother, Sandra Hill, died of breast cancer in 2014 at the age of 53. He’s also lost four aunts to the disease.

His free mammogram screening program, “53 Strong for Sandra,” has helped women in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Arkansas and North Carolina.

"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."

While he was still playing football, Williams was the front-runner in getting the NFL to allow players to wear pink cleats during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2009. 

“DeAngelo wants to ensure that no woman (or man) fights breast cancer alone,” Risalyn Williams, Williams's wife and executive director of the foundation, also told "Today."