AGS Middle School Purple Out, AGS Middle School supports DeSean Jackson, Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School, DeSean Jackson Foundation, Fenton Public Schools, Gayle and DeSean Jackson, National Pancreatic Awareness Month
AGS Middle School and Fenton High School, Fenton, Michigan held a joint “Purple Out” for National Pancreatic Awareness Month, in memory of William “Bill” Jackson, father, of the Washington Redskins, DeSean Jackson.
Bill Jackson died from Pancreatic Cancer, in 2009, five months after being diagnosed; and, to advocate for the National Football League to give equal consideration to Pancreatic Cancer Awareness by proclaiming the month of November as a “Purple Out” to raise crucial funds for awareness, screening, direct client and caregiver services and research.
The research presented to National Football League by the AGS Middle School advocates thus far is as follows:
–George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears, was afflicted with Pancreatic Cancer and died in 1983
NFL Agents: Gary Wichard died in 2011; Ken Staninger died in 2013:
NFL Players: Walt Sweeney, San Diego Chargers died in 2013; Randy Jackson, who played for Buffalo, 49ers and Eagles died in 2010; TJ Turner played for Patriots, died in 2014; Johnny Bailey played for Bears, Cardinals and Rams died 2010; Gene Upshaw played for Raiders and was union president, died 2008; John Gordy played for Detroit, died 2009; Dave Pureifory, played for Packers, Bengals and Lions, died in 2009
NFL Personnel: Ricky Sandoval, head of security for Lions died in 2009
According to the American Cancer Society, Pancreatic Cancer is the number “4” cancer killer in the U.S, and the only one that does not have a known cure. The lack of early detection methods and research continues to slow progress towards a cure. There is no known cure for this deadly disease and over 42,400 people – 116 + per day are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year.
In the last 5 years more than 210,000 people have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and over 92% of those individuals have passed away during the first year of their diagnosis. While only 5% of those living past the first year live to the fifth year and 3% of those will succumb to the disease sometime beyond that point.
Pancreatic Cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially over the last 25 years. Those that make it past the first year have been known to live significantly longer today than those diagnosed before 2006.
DeSean Jackson lovingly refers to the students at AGS Middle School and Fenton High as his “Swagg Team” and is extremely honored that he was chosen to be their Ambassador for the annual Purple Out Campaigns.
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
Jill Smigielski, a teacher at AGS Middle School, in Fenton, MI, and her students are taking an opportunity during the first ever, World Day for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness, to petition the National Football League once again to consider giving equal consideration to Pancreatic Cancer Awareness as it does for other issues such as Breast Cancer Awareness, Youth Obesity, Domestic Violence to name a few.
AGS has tried for several years to reach the NFL to arrange a meeting with the students; and, challenged then, Philadelphia Eagle, DeSean Jackson to join in their advocacy campaign. Jackson and his mother have assisted the students in raising their collective voices through DeSean’s status in the NFL. Jackson states, “I did not promise them it could be done but instead committed both my Mom and myself to teach them how it should be done.” AGS and The DeSean Jackson Foundation launched its first internal “Purple Out” in 2013 and is scheduled to partner with Fenton High School, Fenton, MI, on November 19, for their Second Annual Purple Out.
The students’ argument for a “Purple Out” in the NFL is premised upon their research that Pancreatic Cancer is prevalent in the NFL; and, the NFL has the ability to help find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer as it has addressed other issues that resulted in radical or systematic change. There is no cure for Pancreatic Cancer and it receives less funding than other cancers yet ranks 4 th in the list of the most deadliest, dreadful diseases. The research presented to DeSean Jackson, and his Mom, by AGS thus far follows:
–George Halas died in 1983 and used to own the Chicago Bears
Gary Wichard died in 2011
Ken Staninger died in 2013
Walt Sweeney, played for the Chargers died in 2013
Randy Jackson played for Buffalo, 49ers and Eagles died in 2010
TJ Turner played for Patriots, died in 2014
Johnny Bailey played for Bears, Cardinals and Rams died 2010
Gene Upshaw played for Raiders and was union president, died 2008
John Gordy played for Detroit, died 2009
Dave Pureifory, played for Packers, Bengals and Lions, died in 2009
Ricky Sandoval, head of security for Lions died in 2009
Jill Smigielski and her students ask that you join them in this the first ever, World Day for Pancreatic Cancer, in petitioning the National Football League for a month of Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness.
Contact: Jill Smigielski, AGS Middle School, 3255 Donaldson Drive, Fenton, MI 48430 (810) 591-7700, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Gayle Jackson, The DeSean Jackson Foundation, @GeeJackson10, email@example.com