Local chef gets bike donated by Norton after his was stolen


by Melissa Swan


Posted on August 8, 2014 at 11:19 PM

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- Well-known local chef Derrick Jackson has had two goals.

One was to promote healthy eating habits and the other to bike one hundred miles.
Recently both goals were dealt a very hard blow. Jackson’s bike was stolen and then he discovered he has cancer.
Friday, the staff of Norton Health helped him roll past both those obstacles. Doctors, nurses and Norton Health Care staff members gathered in the afternoon to present Jackson with a new bike.
The color of the bike is just as bright as the smile on Dr. Zulfiqar Malik's face as he made the short stroll to present the cycle to one of his patients, a replacement bike identical to the one stolen several months ago.
Until this presentation, Jackson wasn't sure if he'd be able to complete his quest of riding one hundred miles.
 He wanted to join nearly 1,000 other riders and volunteers in this year's Bike to Beat Cancer. Now, despite the theft, despite battling stage 4 colon cancer, he'll be there.
“You're gonna see me there and you're gonna see why he's ready for something else..He's ready for something else bigger and better,” Malik said. 
And with his bright yellow Cannondale, Jackson is back.
Something no bike thief can steal, that kind of support gets Jackson just a little choked up.
When other people plan something to hurt you it's not going to work because what God ordains, it's there,” Jackson said. 
For more information on this year’s Bike to Beat Cancer click here
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