As I woke up at 6:30 am on a Saturday, after a week of being sick, I was not particularly thrilled about going on a two-hour drive to Atlanta for the Kids Business Expo featuring the Kid’s Are Heroes young leaders summit. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I got down there. I was convinced it was going to be like every other exhibit, I sit in a booth, talk to mildly interested people, and there was going to be a general low energy atmosphere. Oh, I was so wrong.
Jack Skowronnek, 14, United States
When Jack was only 10-years-old, he was inspired by the book, “Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie,” about a young boy diagnosed with leukemia. Jack was determined to make a difference in the lives of kids who have cancer and their families. After a successful fundraising endeavor where he shaved his head, Jack raised $1,200 and decided to form his own organization. “Jack’s Chattanoggins” raises money to help improve the children’s hospital in his hometown of Chattanooga, TN. Members volunteer in the hospital to work with the cancer patients, and many shave their heads as a sign of solidarity with the patients. So far, 300 volunteers have gone bald for the cause, and countless more have been inspired to help.
Accelerator week in Tennessee kicked off on Monday evening with a VIP reception for the GigTank accelerator and then an event called Fireside Talks, which featured members of the Thiel Fellows Program and local Chattanoogans under the age of 20 who are doing great things.
The Chattanooga Market will celebrate its 10th year when opening day begins this Sunday in the First Tennessee Pavilion.
There are many things that make the market unique week-to-week and year after year, including a rotation of 224 new vendors, 12 new farms, and a fresh line up of musical performers. New and old sellers at the market reserve their weekly spots as their schedules allow, which makes any given Sunday a unique experience.
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Most sixth-graders summer plans are focused around vacations and summer camps, but for 12-year-old Jack Skowronnek, that just is not enough.
Jack has partnered up with the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Erlanger to organize a head-shaving event called Jack’s Chattanoggins to raise money for children’s cancer treatments.
More than 60 men and women showed up at the Chattanooga Market last Sunday to shave their heads in support of pediatric cancer patients.
Event raised more than $18,000 last year for the Children’s Hospital Foundation
A 12-year-old shaving his head for the summer is not uncommon, but rarely does someone raise more than $18,000 by doing so.
Days after raising more than $35,000, event organizer faces her own skin cancer removal
Although the official numbers are not yet ready, Jack’s Chattanoggins raised at least $35,000 for the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger during this year’s head-shaving event.
Days later, Jack Skowronnek’s mother, Dawn Skowronnek, had surgery to remove skin cancer from her face.
“I was putting off my cancer surgery so I could plan the event to benefit the kids going through it,” she said. “There is definitely irony there.”
How much good can one haircut do?
For the 170 Chattanoogans who have shaved their heads as part of Jack’s Chattanoggins in the past two years, one haircut has helped raise more than $57,000 for the fight against childhood cancer.
Yesterday, the Chattanooga Market hosted the fourth annual Jack’s Chattanoggins head shaving event.
According to NewsChannel 9, over $125,000 has been raised in support of pediatric cancer research since the event’s inception. This year’s event will add $38,000 in donations (and still counting) to that total, with 151 people shaving their heads this year.
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