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.
This morning I went to visit the child life specialist in the pediatric oncology outpatient clinic here at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. I’ve been working on our head shaving event in the Foundation’s office and decided to pop over to hand out some of our new “Pocket Smiles” to spread cheer.
During my 15 years on this earth I’ve been to a variety of places. However, I’ve never been to a place quite like New York City. Many people say the city never sleeps. And, let me tell you I can agree 100% with this statement. The city is a melting pot of different people and different events. I am proud to say I was one of those people and the event I went to was the Under 20 Summit this past November.
I can hardly believe the next shave event is approaching at, what feels like, light speed. It truly seems as though it was just a few short months ago that we swept the last bit of hair that surrendered to the buzz of the clippers off of the Chattanooga Market floor. But, ’tis true, time passes like a flash and we are excited about this year’s event!
The one thing that I discovered after last year’s event and wanted to delve deeper into, was that the actual shaving, is but a single day, however, the journey the shavee takes begins long before and lasts far beyond that day they the day shed their locks.