Regardless of how you may feel about the on-field performance of an athlete, there is absolutely no doubt that many of these individuals make tremendous contributions to the cities in which they play. There are different dimensions of an athlete…the on-field persona versus the off-field person, which many people never have the opportunity to experience. On Saturday, May 12th, fans, friends and families alike had the chance to see DeSean Jackson as a son, active member of the Philadelphia community as well as an advocate in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer.
Alongside his mother Gayle, DeSean Jackson and his charity, Foundation 10, put together Community Health Day in Philadelphia. The five hour event was free to the public and consisted of Pancreatic, Colorectal, Lung and Liver Cancer seminars, several different health screenings, a Blood Donor Drive and an Anti-Bullying Program. There was no shortage of entertainment either with choirs, drill teams, face painting, a moon bounce and even a shredder truck for children to explore. Thanks in part to various sponsors including Nike, Penn Medicine, the American Red Cross, Modell’s, Philly radio station Hot107.9 amongst others, Community Health Day was a tremendous success!
DeSean Jackson is extremely committed to raising awareness of Pancreatic Cancer as there currently is no screening process. Pancreatic Cancer is the fourth deadliest cancer known today as only 2-3% of those diagnosed have a chance of surviving. This hits home with Jackson who lost his father William “Bill” Jackson to this horrific disease in 2009. Foundation 10 honors the legacy of the late Bill Jackson.
“It’s important to me, my family and the foundation to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to stay healthy and learn about Pancreatic Cancer. This event helps do all these things and brings the community together. If we work together we can live better, longer and help find an end to Pancreatic Cancer,” Jackson explained.
Fore more information visit www.Foundation10.com