AL.com: Kareem Jackson takes campaign against cancer to national audience
Thursday, October 26, 2017
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Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson took his campaign against cancer to NBC's "Today Show" on Tuesday, throwing pink footballs to raise a quick $5,000 for the American Cancer Society.The former Alabama standout's mother is a two-time breast-cancer survivor and his sister is a leukemia survivor.
"For me, I just know the devastation of cancer, what it does to a family," Jackson said. "I told myself once I got in a situation where I could help other families and stuff, I definitely wanted to jump at the opportunity."
Jackson is taking part in the NFL-wide initiative Crucial Catch this month. The NFL is working with the American Cancer Society on risk reduction and early detection for a range of cancers after primarily focusing its efforts on breast cancer in the past.
Jackson is one of the players with a pledge page where fans can make donations to the effort.
Earlier this month, Jackson hosted Dinner for a Difference in Houston with an aim toward providing resources to families of women with breast cancer and children with cancer. Jackson announced the event raised more than $190,000.