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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
Every year Panthers Running back DeAngelo Williams is at Charlotte Komen's "Race for the Cure" start line kicking off the festivities with WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham.
Breast cancer awareness is not just a cause for him – it's one of his passions. It has affected his life too much not to be.
DeAngelo's mom is a survivor, but her four sisters – his aunts – all died from breast cancer. Now that he has a 2-year old little girl, he tells Molly his desire to find a cure is even more powerful.
"Only way we can find a cure for this disease is if we fight it in the forefront – we get out there and work for it," he said. "Us falling back and thinking someone else is going to fight it?? I'm not one of those guys."
DeAngelo's Race for the Cure team, "Williams Warriors", is one of the top three teams in fundraising and participants so far for the 2012 Race. He couldn't be more pleased. He invites anyone to join. The link to do so is below.
"I am more adamant about this every year because every year I think we get closer and closer to finding that cure," he said.
He says players approach him all the time with their own breast cancer stories.
"It's kind of crazy," he said. "You walk up and down the sidelines, or you warm up before game and players come up to you. They talk about their family and friends affected by it. It's a cancer which resonates throughout the whole league."
You can still sign up for a "Race for the Cure" team – WBTV has two teams this year. Anchor John Carter is captain of Team John and Molly is captain of "Team Molly. We will be handing out its "WBTV Boob Tube" team shirts next week. It's a $30 tax-deductible donation to join.
The race is October 6th in Uptown Charlotte.
Click either of these links to register for our team… go to www.komencharlotte.org for more information on the race, the cause and Komen Charlotte.