Close to Your Heart: How Reggie Nelson Fights Against Breast Cancer

Patsy RiveraCorrespondent IMay 25, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - 2007:  Reggie Nelson of the Jacksonville Jaguars poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Getty Images)

Reggie Nelson also known as "The Eraser" may be remembered for his time with the Florida Gators or his current position with the Jacksonville Jaguars where in his first season he led the team with an amazing seven tackles against the Tennessee Titans.

For many though Reggie will always be remembered for the work he performs in the fight against breast cancer. Sadly, Nelsons mother, Mary Lakes, died in 2006 as result of breast cancer. She was only 47. Mary never saw her son reach the championship with the Florida Gators and she never saw him wear his Jaguar's uniform and take the field. Yet with each tackle he makes or game changing move he makes, he looks to the heavens and give thanks to the mother he knows is looking down on him and smiling. He contributes his success to her each and every day of his life.

To honor his mother and help in the fight, Nelson created the Mary Lakes Invitational Bowl Against Breast Cancer. Proceeds from the event help the North Florida affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.This years event will be held June 27 at the Orange Park Bowl America. Registration is $30 per bowler and and you can register until June 12. Four bowlers are required for each team entering.

Nelson wanted to stay close to home so he could be close to his mother who was said to of always smiled even through some of the most difficult days. Growing up, Nelson remembered his mom working long hours as a school janitor. Nelson says his mother taught him what it was to be a good person and to treat people with dignity and respect.

Nelson says the bowling event would have been formed even if his mom was still alive as they were strong supporters in the fight against breast cancer. If this years event is a great success, Nelson wants to continue the event for years to come. He knows his mom is proud of the work he's doing. While the memories he shared with his mother has gotten him through the tough times, this event will keep her memory alive for many and support a great cause.