For Immediate Press Release: Revised 11/15/2014
DeSean Jackson, NFL All Pro, and Washington Redskins’ wide receiver, has agreed to partner with the Virginia Farm Bureau, Marion, VA, for the 5Th Annual Mr. Strong Family Run/Walk, in memory of Thomas Musser, for the second consecutive year to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research and Pediatric Cancer Research.
In 2013, Desean was contacted by Joel Pugh, of the Smyth Farm Bureau, who was soliciting autographed sports memorabilia from the professional athlete to raise funds for the 4th Annual Mr. Strong Family Run/Walk. After hearing the compelling story of young, Thomas Musser, DeSean extended an offer to provide an large autographed NFL photo of Jackson with a Certificate of Authenticity, permission to use Jackson’s name as a personal endorsement; and, committed his mother, Gayle Jackson, to drive media and community engagement to promote the event.
For DeSean Jackson, who is the CEO and Co-Founder, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation which focuses on Pancreatic Awareness in memory of his father, Bill, this was a ‘no brainer’ , “It doesn’t matter that this is November, National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and I should be focused on raising awareness to that disease in my dad’s memory, Pops would want me to do this because the death of one child for any reason is too many. We have to be One Team for One Purpose”, Jackson said.
Gayle and DeSean Jackson have agreed to support this effort again this year and asks that DeSean’s 700,000 Twitter follwers and 200,000 Face Book fans provide their support also to this extremely worthy cause.