The Scott Eli Jackson Foundation (SEJF) is dedicated to working together to bring awareness, education and resources to save lives through early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Our Vision is simple.......to live in a world without pancreatic cancer. Until then, create awareness for All and Hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
A LIFE WELL LIVED - Scott, a talented athlete, singer, songwriter and compassionate man, when first diagnosed late 2013 initially didn’t understand why him and now. Always putting others before himself he began to pray and ask God for guidance to fight this horrible disease. Throughout his diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, Scott realized his suffering was for the saving of others, so while battling his own pancreatic cancer he was preparing himself to be a testimony and to help. Scott’s concern and compassion for others sparked a fire with his wife that his endless fight and passing would not be in vain. Donyel M. Jackson promised her husband that she would do everything humanly possible and in her power to bring awareness and early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with the hopes of eradicating it forever.
I now promise Scott Eli Jackson for early diagnosis.
-Donyel M. Jackson
About the Scott Eli Jackson Foundation - Urban Essence Foundation (UEF) now known as the Scott Eli Jackson Foundation was established in 2001, when a group of close friends decided to help underprivileged youth with an etiquette program. The program took off well working with local churches and communities. After Katrina the foundation’s founder(s) struggle to restart the program due to rebuilding, displacement and relocation as well as limited resources. Wanting to change direction of the foundation to health and wellness I struggled with narrowing down the program to a specific area. With a background as a respiratory therapist, Aesthetician, Colon Hydrotherapist, business owner, management and researcher all became very useful when my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer that had metastasis to his liver, a rare condition for a young otherwise healthy person with no history of alcohol or substance abuse shocked the family. As the family all pulled together to immediately find treatments and assistance it became so evident how pancreatic cancer patients have so little options to rely on. Everything I came across online were other families struggling with the same questions for their love ones. What can they eat? What are some good recipes? Who can they turn to when the doctors have given up? The list goes on…. After given diagnosis over the phone with a follow up consultation appointment being a month later I had to take matters into my own hands and find alternative options to start treating my husband immediately. Taking a deep breath and praying faithfully that God put the right people in our path to healing we found a doctor that met our treatment protocol and we began immediately. Still no word back from the hospital, we relied on love ones for spiritual and emotional support. Calling numerous cancer centers, I quickly realized without insurance that will be an impossible solution for us to treat this cancer. One cancer center quoted me an out of pocket price of $26,100 to be exact for just an initial visit, yes just a second opinion, no treatment, no follow up. With all of this in mind I had no choice but to aggressively attack this cancer naturally. Now finding my passion and purpose for Scott Eli Jackson Foundation, I decided to help others along my journey and pass on all the information I find along the way. Keeping in mind that pancreatic cancer is so aggressive and usually detected so late, it is extremely important for me and my husband to spread awareness and help other families through awareness, education and resources to help them.
Pancreatic Cancer Facts •An estimated 53,070 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., and over 41,780 will die from the disease. •Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years. •Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 94% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis. 74% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis. 8% will survive more than five years.
Detection - Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death largely because there are no detection tools to diagnose the disease in its early stages when surgical removal of the tumor is still possible.