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Rod Streater loses his mother to breast cancer, gives moving tribute

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We learned Tuesday that Rod Streater's mother has passed from breast cancer when the third-year receiver tweeted this picture of the two of them with the words "Breast cancer may have taken her life but it can't take the love, memories, and joy you left behind. Rip Mom my angel."

Shortly after posting that, he wrote a moving tribute to his late mother on his Instagram account. This is what it said:

"I thank God for the amazing mother he blessed me with. I thought the world was over when I broke my foot but later realized it was a blessing. It allowed me to spend the last days of my mothers life right beside her. Breast cancer may have taken her life, but it will not take away the love she gave, amazing memories, joy, and impact she had on my families lives. I wouldn't be anything if it wasn't for my mom. I'll be strong and promise to live my life in a way that will make you smile. I will never meet someone as amazing as you. Your pain is gone. You whooped cancer! You're in peace in Heaven. You're my angel. I love you mom. RIP"

Streater broke his foot in the Raiders' week three game in New England and was placed on IR with a designation to return which makes him eligible to return for the final five games of this season.

For people like Rod Streater and many of us who have lost loved ones to breast cancer, it is very real. Streater has been part of many charitable events, including earlier this year to raise money for cancer research.

"My mother is currently fighting cancer - she has breast cancer - and she's beating it right now," Streater said at the event last March. "I have a lot of family members, my grandma and uncle, who fought cancer, so it really means a lot to me to come out here and give back and help support fighting cancer."

This is breast cancer awareness month for the NFL. The Raiders have long been active in cancer charities including recently hosting a group of breast cancer patients and caregivers at a dinner at their facility as part of the American Cancer Society's "Look Good, Feel Better" program. Streater was among four Raiders players in attendance.

You can send your condolences to Rod Streater directly on Twitter @rodstreater80 or to his instagram account.