As most NFL fans have noticed, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Your Twitter or Facebook feed may also bear witness.) The time of the year where it’s ok for big, strong, striking men to wear pink. The NFL has had its share of issues lately with Tom Brady’s Deflategate (and yes, I still think he was guilty and should have been suspended, ok moving on); and players accused of domestic abuse with the recent case of Greg Hardy being allowed back into the NFL with only a four game suspension. In light of the latter issue, it is great to see the NFL take on a cause that promotes the health and well-being of women.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2012, 224,147 women and 2,125 men in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer . . . and 41,150 women and 405 men in the United States died from breast cancer.*† DeAngelo Williams, running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is one player that has been personally affected by breast cancer. His mom died from the disease at the tender age of 53 years old. To honor his mom, DeAngelo will pay for 53 mammograms for women in Pittsburgh, Charlotte, and North Carolina. Bravo DeAngelo!!! Thanks for using your platform to serve others.
Off to schedule my mammogram. Ladies, have you had your mammogram or scheduled your appointment yet?