Former Michigan State and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Will Gholston is making a significant contribution to cancer research. reports that Gholston has donated $225,000 to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. The former Spartan is making the donation to support “research into cancer health disparities.”

Gholston lost his father to lung cancer and his mother is a breast cancer survivor. For him, the donation towards research and finding a cure is a personal matter. From

“When I was presented with the opportunity to donate and be a part of the betterment of cancer research for  Black communities, I could not think of a better way to honor my family,” Gholston said. “My father and uncle  both died battling cancer, and my mother has won her battle with cancer multiple times. This battle is hard. The  fight is hard, and any amount of research or help is huge in my eyes. I hope this donation helps others who are  fighting or may have to fight down the line. You can never get the time back, but with this effort we may be able  to add more time for others.”

Gholston was a member of Michigan State’s football team from 2010-12 and was a 4th-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. He’s spent his entire career with the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay is preparing to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Gholston totaled 44 tackles and 3 sacks for the Bucs.