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Panthers star DeAngelo Williams talks about his mother's battle with breast cancer

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Panthers runningback DeAngelo Williams is a private person by nature but Wednesday night he sits down to talk candidly with anchor Molly Grantham about a very personal issue: his mother's battle with breast cancer. 

"She didn't let me know about it until she actually had the surgery and was in remission," he said Thursday after practice.  "I had lost three aunts to it before she was even diagnosed.  All there aunts were her sisters.  She didn't want me to worry so she didn't tell me at first."

Panther number 34 DeAngelo Williams was at University of Memphis when his mom -- Sandra Hill -- was diagnosed with breast cancer in August, 2004.  She was only 43 years old at the time.

At first, she didn't tell her son.  Williams says once she finally let him know about the cancer, she'd already undergone a double mastectomy and was in remission.   She told him she'd kept it a secret from him so he wouldn't have to worry about her, and he could stay focused on school and football.

For the first time this year, Williams is heading up a Charlotte Race for the Cure Team.  He's calling it the Williams Warriors in honor of his mother, who he calls "a real fighter."

"My mom is... my mom... she's been through a lot," Williams says.  "She's definitely a rock in my life. Well, actually a boulder in my life. She has been through so much and has dealt with so much and to be delivered from this is something special.  She's a warrior. Hence the Williams Warriors."

DeAngelo invites everyone in the community to join his team.  He says he's doing this because early detection saved his mother, and he wants to help promote that message to other women.

Charlotte's Race for the Cure is Saturday, October 3rd.   

To register for a team, go to, or,

To register for the Williams Warriors, go to  You will get a jersey like the one Williams is wearing in the interview with Molly.

To see Molly's story, click the red camcorder above.

To hear extended tracks from the interview with DeAngelo Williams, click "News", then click "Web Extras".

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