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Dont’a Hightower Supports Mom by Rallying Awareness for Fight vs. Diabetes

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower is continuing to do right by his mother, as he hosted another event tonight to raise awareness for diabetes.

Hightower hosted a private screening of “Wonder Woman” at Patriot Place for a group of women who face daily struggles with diabetes. It’s a cause that has been personal for Hightower, whose mother, L’Tanya, was diagnosed with diabetes a couple years ago. His grandmother and aunt have also been affected.

“My mom is my Wonder Woman, so what better movie to do it to?” Hightower said.

Hightower has also hosted annual Monday Night Football watch parties since 2015 to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Despite Hightower’s loud presence in a Patriots uniform, he tries to stay out of the spotlight off the field, but his mother has encouraged him to put a face to the fight against diabetes

“My mom is obviously the reason why I’m here,” Hightower said. “She made a lot of sacrifices for me and my sister. Ever since she’s gotten diagnosed with diabetes, I’ve tried to do as much as I could to try to promote awareness and do what I can for it. The opportunity came up, and I couldn’t say no to it.

“I’m still not a big public person. I don’t mind doing what I’m doing. A lot of people appreciate it. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters so I don’t mind stepping out of my comfort zone for a little bit.”

Hightower watched his mother struggle with daily activities upon her diagnosis, so he has tried to promote early testing to get out ahead of the disease. He knows those early tests can ease the transitional phase for diabetic patients.

“I know how hard it is to see and feel that change in the life that they go through,” Hightower said. “If I can change one or two people’s chances in that, it means a lot more to me than you’ll ever know.”

Hightower’s mother attended his Monday Night Football watch party last season in Norwood, but she stayed home Tuesday night to tend to her gardening. Hightower got a kick out of that, but there was also a sense of pride because she couldn’t handle those household responsibilities a couple years ago.

“I guess her lawn was more important,” Hightower cracked. “She is able to do stuff like that now. Earlier when she got diagnosed, she wasn’t able to. She is doing well. She is healthy. That’s all I can ask for.”

For the original article click here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/the_blitz/2017/05/donta_hightower_supports_mom_by_rallying_awareness_for_fight_vs

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