Sky Community Partners, Inc. partnered with Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Councilman Derek Green, State Representative Jordan Harris, Jefferson University, AmeriHealth Caritas, Philadelphia FIGHT, and to host the 3rd Annual Point Breeze 5k Run/Walk & Health Fair.
The 5k Run/Walk & Health Fair was held at Wharton Square Park in the South Philadelphia section of the city. The Health Fair provided children and families with resources and information to increase health awareness and improve their overall quality of life. The event drew over 200 individuals from across the Philadelphia Region.
The purpose of the event is to raise funds to promote and support pancreatic cancer awareness and research, as well as encourage healthy lifestyles, specifically in underserved communities. This year’s beneficiary was Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
“One of the reasons we wanted to do this walk was not only to raise awareness, but to make sure that people are doing everything that they can to live healthy lifestyles.” Dawn Chavous, Board President- Sky Community Partners, Inc.
In 2014, Sky Community Partners, made the decision to support local pancreatic research in Philadelphia after Chavous, experienced the loss of several family members to pancreatic cancer within less than one year.
“Pancreatic Cancer is one of those diseases that rarely gets the type of recognition and support that it deserves. So I’m just honored and privileged to be apart of this event.” Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
In 2016, pancreatic cancer moved from the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. to the third, surpassing breast cancer. In addition, African-Americans have the highest incidence rate of pancreatic cancer, between 28 percent and 59 percent higher than other racial/ethnic groups.
“I’m glad we’re here in Point Breeze talking about health care in the community, in the neighborhoods- so people can see people running through the neighborhood talking about health care, pancreatic cancer and getting the word out about physical fitness.” Councilman Derek Green.
To date, Sky Community Partners has raised over $30,000 towards local pancreatic cancer research and has donated those funds to the Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center.