A great loss: Chef Derrick Jackson

The legacy of Chef Derrick.

Family, friends and all of us at Norton Healthcare are mourning the loss of beloved Louisville chef Derrick Jackson. Chef Derrick, as he was known my many, lost his battle with colon cancer Thursday, Feb. 19.

Chef Derrick is well-known in Louisville’s West End for bringing healthier eating habits to its residents. One of the many events he catered was the Norton Healthcare Men’s Health event.  He also won the hearts of many with a scholarship he sponsored that helped at-risk youth attend culinary school. Chef Derrick said many times that it was his mission to make healthier eating more accessible to more people.

In early 2014, Chef Derrick was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. An avid bike rider, he had to give up this form of exercise not because of the cancer but because his valuable bike was stolen off his porch prior to his diagnosis. Wanting to support the Bike to Beat Cancer, benefiting Norton Cancer Institute, Chef Derrick asked for a flier he could use to promote the event. That’s when his family at Norton Cancer Institute learned of the loss of his bike and stepped in like any family would.

Chef Derrick gets his new bike



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