By Teresa Varley
Steelers offensive tackle Willie Colon took part in the Lupus Loop for the second straight year, a walk that benefits the Lupus Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.
Colon got involved with the Lupus Foundation because his mother, Jean Davis, suffers from the disease.
"Her suffering from it is my key motivation," said Colon. "I hear different people's stories who are suffering from it. It's time for the word to get out and spread it. It affects so many women, young girls. It's a good thing."
Colon's mother, who lives in the Bronx, has been battling Lupus for many years but remains strong.
"She is doing good," said Colon. "She has her days. She goes to dialysis three days a week. Some days she is tired and fatigued. Other days she is as perky as a teenager. She deals with it. We call each other and I check on her.
"For her to suffer with the disease she has and still take care of me and my brother and never miss a beat with us and be on top of everything, she is a key motivation in my life."
Colon brought teammate Ben Roethlisberger along with him to the walk and both of them greeted participants and signed autographs.