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Jack Skowronnek, 14, United States

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Jack’s Chattanoggins

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.

14 Year Old Social Entrepreneur Jack Skowronnek Has Been At It 4 Years Already

 

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Jack's Chattanoggins, Jack Skowronnek, Chattanooga startup, Thiel Fellows, GigTank

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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.

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Chattanooga Market begins new season (Nooga.com)

Chattanooga Market begins new season

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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Sixth-grader raises money for kids with cancer (Nooga.com)

Photo credited to Rick Smith photography.

 

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.

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Event raises more than $17,000 to benefit pediatric cancer (Nooga.com)

Jack Skowronnek before and after one side of his head was shaved. This is the third year he has shaved his head to support kids with cancer, and he says he never plans to stop.

More than 60 men and women showed up at the Chattanooga Market last Sunday to shave their heads in support of pediatric cancer patients.

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Chattanoggins head-shaving event returns to Chattanooga Market (Nooga.com)

Chattanoggins head-shaving event returns to Chattanooga Market

Event raised more than $18,000 last year for the Children’s Hospital Foundation

(Photo: Brittany Moncrief, Moncrief Photography)

 

Jack Skowronnek poses with some of the Chattanooga Roller Derby girls at last year’s head-shaving event. This year, the roller derby girls have put together a team that signed up to have their heads shaved in support of Jack’s cause.

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.

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Jack’s Chattanoggins surpasses goal for money raised from head-shaving event (Nooga.com)

Jack’s Chattanoggins surpasses goal for money raised from head-shaving event

Days after raising more than $35,000, event organizer faces her own skin cancer removal

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Jack’s father expresses his love and pride. (Photo: Brittany Moncrief)

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.”

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15-year-old Jack Skowronnek gains national recognition for philanthropy (Nooga.com)

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When he was just 10 years old, Jack Skowronnek read a book that would change his life forever.

That book, “Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie” by Jordan Sonnenblick, told the story of 4-year-old Jeffery and his diagnosis and treatment of leukemia. It also revealed the financial hardships and social impact that his condition had on his family and the community.

Skowronnek was so inspired by this book that he created Jack’s Chattanoggins, an annual head shaving event that promotes awareness of children who are battling cancer and helps raise funds for the Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga.

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Nooga.com – May 9, 2012

Chattanoggins head-shaving event returns to Chattanooga Market

Event raised more than $18,000 last year for the Children’s Hospital Foundation

• Published Wednesday, May 9th 2012

Jack Skowronnek poses with some of the Chattanooga Roller Derby girls at last year’s head-shaving event. This year, the roller derby girls have put together a team that signed up to have their heads shaved in support of Jack’s cause. (Photo: Brittany Moncrief, Moncrief Photography)




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.

Jack Skowronnek, now 13, will be hosting his Jack’s Chattanoggins event again June 10 at the Chattanooga Market to raise money for pediatric cancer patients at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

The event aims to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation by asking volunteers to shave their heads for donations from their families and friends.

So far this year, 30 “shavees” have already registered, Dawn Skowronnek, Jack’s mother, said. Walk-up shavees are also accepted the day of the event with a minimum $25 donation.

Nearly 50 percent of those signed up so far this year are women, Skowronnek said, which is an increase from last year.

“Some of them are mothers whose children have survived cancer, and they are doing this in support of them,” she said. “It is really moving … It is so exciting to watch them come forward.”

Jordan Sonnenblick, the author of the book Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie,” which initially inspired Jack to shave his head, said he was “thrilled” about the impact of his work.

“In real life, my ‘inspiration girl’ lost her brother after I wrote that book, so I feel a tremendous responsibility to raise funding and awareness in the battle against childhood cancers,” Sonnenblick said.

Last year, Sonnenblick, who has been unable to attend the event, Skyped with Jack as he had his head shaved.

“I could at least express my awe of Jack live while his shearing was in progress,” he said.

Skowronnek said she is just happy to have been able to encourage Jack to do something positive with his idea and raise awareness.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, you really can make a difference,” she said. “The biggest thing is just to not discount anything your child says or an idea they bring to you … I just taught Jack that you can make a difference, not just empathize but actually take action.”

As for Jack, “he is just ready to get his hair cut now,” Skowronnek said.

The head-shaving event will take place at the Chattanooga Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with volunteer hairstylists from Fantastic Sams cutting hair.

Individuals who want to have their head shaved, make a donation or volunteer at the event can click here.