Health & Wellness

Sky Community Partners Awards $12K to Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Sky Community Partners continued its relationship with Jefferson Hospital by granting $12,000 to the Jefferson Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center with a check presentation on August 8, 2018, at the Cancer Support and Welcome Center.

The funds for Jefferson come from Sky Community Partner’s annual event, the 5k Run/Walk & Health Fair. Through the annual event, children and families are provided with resources and information to increase their health awareness andImage may contain: 15 people, people smiling, people standing improve their overall quality of life. As an organization, Sky Community Partners partners with community leaders, businesses, local organizations, and key stakeholders to educate, and provide resources to families in underserved communities.

“Our partnership with Jefferson allows us to support the innovative work of their pancreatic cancer program,” Dawn Chavous, Board President/Co-Founder.

To date, Sky Community Partners has granted over $30K to the Brody Lab.  The Brody Lab at Jefferson is led by Jonathan R. Brody, Ph.D., who has dedicated more than two decades to studying the molecular aspects of cancer, including pancreatic and ovarian cancers. Since joining Jefferson in 2006, Dr. Brody has been building a first-in-class research program, steering the trajectory of the lab while serving as an advisor/collaborator to all levels of trainees – from high school to graduate school; post-doctoral fellows to practicing clinicians. His efforts have resulted in prestigious R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health, and leadership positions with the Department of Defense’s Cancer Research Program and the American Cancer Society, among other cancer-fighting organizations.

4th Annual Point Breeze 5K Run/Walk & Health Fair

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Sky Community Partners held our 4th Annual Point Breeze 5K Run/Walk & Health Fair. With support from Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Councilman Derek Green, State Representative Jordan HarrisImage may contain: 6 people, people smiling, people standing, tree and outdoor& Jefferson University, the 4th annual event raised funds to promote and support pancreatic cancer awareness and research here in the City of Philadelphia.

While there are many ailments and diseases that impact our community, Sky has chosen to focus on raising pancreatic cancer awareness. Pancreatic cancer is a formidable disease, recently rising to the third leading cause of cancerImage may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing, shoes, hat and outdoor death in the United States.

For the 4th year, we were able to provide health & wellness resources and information to our neighbors in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia.  A part of our mission is to work towards eliminating barriers that prevent low income and underserved individuals and families from being healthy and well-educated.  The Point Breeze 5K & Health Fair allows Sky to bring resources, activities, information and access right into the community.

We are so grateful to our participants, vendors, volunteers and sponsors – the 5K & Health Fair was a success!

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Sky Community Partners Awards Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center $12K

 SKY_COMMUNITY_PARTNERS_JEFFERSON_HOSPITAL_2017_KENNETH_STGEORGE_PHOTOGRAPHY-15For the second year in a row, Sky had the pleasure of granting $12K to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in support of Pancreatic Cancer Research. 
Pancreatic cancer is a formidable disease, recently rising to the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
 Despite this, the team at Jefferson is bringing hope and healing to patients and families turning to us for expert care with compassion.Jefferson’s pancreatic cancer program is led by Charles J. Yeo, MD, FACS. Complimenting this clinical care is a robust basic, translational and clinical research program, led by Jonathan R. Brody, PhD and Jordan M. Winter, MD.The Brody Lab uses and integrates several different models for research investigations, including tissue culture models derived from the patients we treat, commercial cell lines, mouse models with pancreatic cancer, and a clinical database with a complementary biologic tissue repository. With these resources, we are developing innovative strategies to personalize therapy and to better understand how pancreatic cancers develop resistance to standard chemotherapies.

Sky Community Partners is proud and honored to support the innovative work of The Brody Lab.


3rd Annual Point Breeze 5K Run/Walk & Health Fair

Sky Community Partners Board Members (Christian Dunbar, Dawn Chavous, Sara Scott), Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and 2017 Point Breeze 5K Race Winners

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.


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Sky Presents $12,000 Check to Jefferson Hospital for Cancer Research

On June 9, 2016 we had the pleasure of presenting the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University with a $12,000 check for cancer research. The funds raised came from our Point Breeze 5K and Health Fair that was held in April.




Sky Hosts the 2nd Annual Point Breeze 5K Walk/Run & Health Fair

13116282_1099022706842033_7268204465586863973_oBright and early, on Saturday, April 16th, over 200 participants took to the streets of Point Breeze South Philadelphia in support of Sky Community Partner’s 2nd Annual Point Breeze 5K Walk/Run and Health Fair. The race and fair were a collaborative effort by SKY, Council members Kenyatta Johnson, Derek Green, Blondell Reynolds-Brown, and David Oh, the Christian Street YMCA, 105.3 WDAS FM, The School District of Philadelphia, The City of Philadelphia, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Due to the amazing support of all of our sponsors, partners, volunteers and participants, SKY was able to raise over $20,000.00 towards pancreatic cancer research, and increasing health awareness and access right in the neighborhood of Point Breeze.


A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors!