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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Cancer has touched two Texans CBs

By Tania Ganguli

Before players were introduced for Sunday's game, Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson brought his mother out of the tunnel, gave her a hug and then turned back around into the tunnel to await his own introduction.

Jackson's mother, Rossalyn, is a two-time breast-cancer survivor. She wore a sash that said "Survivor" on it and stood in line with the Texans cheerleaders as players ran through onto the field during introductions. She became part of Houston's contribution to the league's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Cancer has been a fixture in the lives of both of the Texans' starting cornerbacks. Not only did Jackson's mother survive cancer, his sister had leukemia. And Johnathan Joseph, who starts opposite Jackson, has felt cancer's impact in his own family. Joseph's father suffers from lung cancer and emphysema.

On Monday, the two players held a fundraising event through their foundations to benefit the American Lung Association and Sister's Network Inc., which describes itself as "a national African American breast cancer survivorship organization."

As part of the fundraiser they held a birthday party on a stage for a local girl named Kyssi Andrews, who turned five on Monday. She was bald and wore a tutu and an Arian Foster jersey. For about an hour after cutting her birthday cake, Joseph sat on the edge of the stage with his arm around the little girl.

It brought back memories for Jackson's mother.