Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews, along with NFL player Desean Jackson and his mother Gayle Jackson, will host a free Family Health & Safety Resource Fair with a Focus on Pancreatic Cancer on Saturday, July 16 from 10am to 4pm, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave.
The community event will include more than 10 different free health screenings provided by St. Mary Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. In addition, there will be indoor presentations highlighting health, safety and good eating habits, and open discussion about pancreatic, breast and colon cancer. “Many people tell me they want to look better, feel better, and live happier, more fulfilling lives,” Andrews said. “The only way to get there is by focusing on our health and safety.”
Desean Jackson, a Polytechnic High School graduate who currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, lost his father to pancreatic cancer two years ago and wants to assist in getting the word out on this often undetected disease. “It feels so wonderful to be able to come back to my home town and give back,” Desean said. “Our health is something that we sometimes take for granted, and this event has the resources to get us back on track.”
Desean and Gayle created Foundation 10 as a way to give back to the community. When asked why she was so passionate about creating this fair, Gayle said, “One of the conditions of pancreatic cancer is that most times you don’t know you have it until the disease is in its later stages.” In her husband’s case, like many others with this type of cancer, there were no red flags prior to the diagnosis. As such, Desean established Foundation 10 and is co-hosting this event to ensure the public has the proper knowledge about pancreatic cancer and to raise enough money to find a cure.
The fair will also have free family activities such as games and face painting, with free healthy snacks provided by Whole Foods. Participants can enjoy outdoor yoga, stress-relieving activities, breathing techniques, and spoken-word performances on the main stage.