Written By: Connie Irvin
I had the pleasure of attending Atlanta native, Detroit Lion’s WR Calvin Johnson Jr’s AKA Megatron Strike Out Pancreatic Cancer Bowl-A-Thon Thursday. The bowl-a-thon was just one of the many events being held under The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, Inc. The atmosphere was filled with music, laughter, meet and greet and a silent auction with all things autographed. In addition to the celebratory vibe, the bowl-a-thon was also being held to bring awareness to this deadly disease that has a personal connection. Calvin’s mother was diagnosed about a year and a half ago and is now cancer free.
The CJJRF Foundation was founded in 2008 and is dedicated to the education, training and social development of at-rick youth along with providing financial assistance to community organizations; their motto: Catching Dreams. CJJRF offers a wide arrange of programs that’s not limited to football camps and scholarship opportunities. Calvin expressed to me that to whom much is given, much is required. This is why he started his foundation. It’s in its 8th year in Atlanta and 2nd in Detroit. In his camp, the young men not only learn about the game of football but also learn about being a student athlete and being financial responsible.
Although I didn’t bowl, it was a great event to raise awareness to a disease that is the fourth leading cause of cancer related deaths and has a five year survival rate of 7%. Take some time to learn about Pancreatic Cancer at PanCan.org and WAGE HOPE!