JACKSONVILLE, Florida. On their “day off”, several Jacksonville Jaguars players used their time to give back to the community. For Malik Jackson it was important to him to meet and show his appreciation first responders.
On September 5th, Jacksonville mayor, Lenny Curry declared it, Tom Coughlin Jay Fund day. In 20 years they’ve helped over 5,000 families, and donated around $10 million dollars in northeast Florida. From their web site:
Jay was a special young man who developed leukemia while a member of Coach Coughlin’s team at Boston College. In the eight months between Jay’s diagnosis and the day he lost his battle with cancer, the Coughlin family saw first hand the physical, emotional and financial strains the illness caused the McGillis Family.
After going through the tragic events with Jay’s family, Coach Coughlin vowed that if he ever had the chance, he would create a way to help families with children battling cancer.
Coach Coughlin kept his vow and started this foundation to be there in Jay’s honor. Since 1996 the Jay Fund has evolved in size and scope. We have helped over 5,000 families and given away over $10 million in grants helping thousands of families in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.
Today Jacksonville named Sept. 5 Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Day in honor of the impact @tcjayfund has made on childhood cancer in our area. @ActionNewsJax anchors Bridgette Matter, John Bachman, Dan Hicken and Mike Buresh also visited patients for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. pic.twitter.com/OYXcZ0ZeNp