Former Cincinnati Bengals great Ickey Woods has been greeting shoppers at the Bellefontaine Walmart this weekend.
(Pictured: Ickey Woods, right, meets a couple of local fans.)
On Friday night, Woods was sharing his message in honor of his late son, Jovante.
On August 14th, 2010, Jovante, 16, died suddenly from a severe asthma attack.
Because of their loss, Jovante’s parents, Ickey and Chandra, have been inspired to educate and help prevent others from experiencing the loss of a loved one.
One in every ten Americans suffers from asthma, yet many are not aware of how dangerous it can be.
The mortality rate for children 19 and under has risen 80% since 1980. Asthma has become epidemic, accounting for 25% of all emergency room visits and is the Number 1 chronic disease in our nation.
The Jovante Woods Foundation’s goal is to not only raise awareness and educate, but support Cincinnati Children’s Asthma Research Division with their mission to develop more effective medication to control the disease and ultimately discover a cure.
Mr. Woods was selling memorabilia from his playing days, including photos of his trademark "Ickey Shuffle". The proceeds benefit the Jovante Woods Foundation.
Listen to Ickey speak with Bill Tipple about his visit and mission.
Woods is at the Bellefontaine Walmart Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
You can see more at http://www.jovantewoodsfoundation.org/
Woods played for the Bengals from '88 through '91. He helped Cincinnati reach the Super Bowl during his rookie season.