Giving (Corner) Back

Colorado Parent, October 2019

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The nurses called him Jelly Bean. Before Kareem Jackson was a cornerback for the Denver Broncos, he was the brother of Shari, then six, who was spending a lot of time at what is now the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia. She was fighting leukemia; it was the spring of 1992. Kareem was just four years old.

“We were doing everything from the hospital,” Jackson, now 31, recalls. “I was going to school from the hospital. I didn’t know the full extent of what was going on, but I knew my sister was really sick.”....