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Panthers' DeAngelo Williams helps in fight against breast cancer

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CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

During the month of October, NFL teams have been sporting pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it's a disease that hit the family of one Carolina Panther particularly hard.

Running Back DeAngelo Williams has lost four aunts to the disease, and his mother is a survivor. He also runs a foundation dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness.

Williams is the player largely credited for convincing the NFL to allow all players to wear pink cleats in October.

He said he's proud to use his position as an NFL player to fight the disease that hit his family so hard, including his mother, who has fought it off twice and is the only woman in his family to live past age 50.

"We've had our long battles with breast cancer," Williams said. "It opened my eyes, getting the opportunity to come here and reach out to different organizations that support that cause."

Williams' foundation helps raise money to find a cure and support people battling the disease. Every year, his team of Williams Warriors competes in the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure in Charlotte.

"It touches me because it's always been close to my heart," Williams said.

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