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December 10, 2014

[Reprint by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, 12/10/2014, 3:00 P.M.]

To:       Gayle Jackson, President, The DeSean Jackson Foundation

Dear Gayle,

I just wanted to give you an update on our fundraiser this past weekend in memory of Thomas Musser, the Mr. Strong Run/Walk for St. Judes.  Please share with DeSean and Joie our most sincere appreciation.

Thomas Musser - Mr. Strong

Thomas Musser – Mr. Strong

We had approximately 100+ people attend the event locally and another 21 went to Memphis.  13 of those folks ran at that event at St Judes. 6 ran the full marathon, 3 ran the half marathon and 4 ran the 5k.  The other 8 cheered for over 5 hours as all runners competed.

All together just over $10,000 was raised for St Judes by our group.

 The group photo shows the St. Judes group.  Thomas’ father Ed is the man at the far right and his 2 twin brothers Matthew and Andrew are kneeling on the front right.  Beside the twins is Colby Sprouse, another St Jude patient that is from our community!!

St. Jude Group

St. Jude Group

I have attached a photo of Tommy Burkett…he is a HUGE Eagles fan and was thrilled to donate/get the autographed card.  He lamented all day how much he misses DeSean being on his prized Philadelphia Eagles!!



The photo that is labeled Jack Mason are my two sons standing in admiration of the poster they donated money to get.  They were so proud to hang this in their room.


Lastly the photo below shows Susan Spraker (the lead person on this fine event) presenting Cody the DeSean Jackson plaque at the conclusion of the race.  She said you cannot tell from the picture but he cried tears of joy when they presented him such a nice token at the race’s conclusion.  He is a huge fan of the Washington Redskins and DeSean Jackson.  Thanks again SO MUCH!!!

Susan and Cody

Susan and Cody

The Thomas Musser Mr. Strong Run/Walk raised $57,800 in the first 4 years and this was the 5th anniversary of run/walk so that means somewhere in the neighborhood of $67,800 has been raised for St. Judes over the 5 years run/walks have been done counting this year’s donations.  This is the second year that we were privileged to partner with DeSean Jackson, of the Washington Redskins and The DeSean Jackson Foundation.

Thanks again for the nice donations.  It was MUCH appreciated!!

Joel Pugh, LUTCF, FSS


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