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
The Norton Healthcare Foundation bought Chef Derrick a new bike just like the one that was stolen. His oncologist, Zulfiqar Malik, M.D., presented the bike to him.
“It definitely gives me the hope that when someone plans something bad for you, it’s not going to work. It’s as simple as that because when God ordains something for you, it’s there,” Chef Derrick said.
When he received the bike, he mentioned the tremendous sense of family he had at Norton Cancer Institute, calling his nurses “friends and bodyguards.”
Our condolences to Chef Derrick’s family and friends. His sense of purpose and dedication to his community touched many lives, and he will be missed.