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Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams raising money and awareness for breast cancer

Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has certainly tackled many things in his life, but none have been as important to him as the current battle he is raging on breast cancer.

The professional football player is now asking people to join his Williams Warriors Race for the Cure Team. The annual 5K race will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 2 and will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

"I'm encouraging survivors, family members and friends to join the Williams Warriors and help me fight breast cancer," Williams said. "I also want to stress how important it is for women to get tested annually."

The issue is significantly close to the football player's heart, as his mother, Sandra Hill, was diagnosed with the disease in 2004. As it turns out, she was well-acquainted with the illness as well.

"My first sister was diagnosed at 27 and died at 33," Hill said. "My second sister found out in 1993 when she was pregnant."

While Hill is now cancer-free, the disease remains a serious worldwide health issue. In fact, the American Cancer Society reports that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime.
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