Derrick Nash Strong Foundation Fundraiser Held in Mt. Pleasant

A fundraiser tonight remembered a CMU football player who lost his life to cancer.

Derrick Nash was diagnosed with leukemia during his senior year of high school before coming to CMU.

                Nash passed away earlier this year.

                Now, his family is making sure his memory lives on by helping others.

Tonight hundreds of people came together in Mount Pleasant to support the Derrick Nash Strong Foundation, named in honor of CMU football player Derrick Nash who died earlier this year after a battle with leukemia.

“I loved Derrick, a lot, and I wasn’t the only one who loved Derrick so it really helps me to see that so many people loved him too, it’s really incredible,” said his mother Decolia Monroe.

His mother say’s the foundation has a simple goal.

“What we do is help parents of sick children either acutely or chronically ill be able to stay with their kids while in their hospital. A lot of parents have to juggle between whether they should go to work or stay with their kid,” said Monroe.

The family say’s they’re hoping to give the same support they had during Derrick’s battle.

“It was really helpful because sometimes you don’t know if you can pay the bills so Derrick can come home,” said Monroe.

The CMU football team and head coach John Bonamego were there.

Bonamego says Derrick in life and death serves as a constant inspiration for the team.

“He was a very popular guy a lot of friends really never met anybody he didn’t like. So his memory lives on and he’s still doing great things and again, he’ll forever be a part of our program and forever in our hearts,” said Bonamego.   

And while the foundation is still in its early stages, they hope tonight is the start of even bigger things ahead.

“It makes me feel really great to even do this I’m glad that we thought about it. I’m glad that we’re doing it and be happy when we start really helping,” said Monroe.

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