We always enjoy visiting our friends at the 3 Plus You Show – Jed Mescon, Julie Edwards, Cindy Sexton and David Karnes. Somehow, whether scheduled or not, my kids always end up on screen! However, today, we were there with a purpose – talking about Jack’s Chattanoggins. We are less than a month away from our 2011 and are in the middle of our media blitz. It’s so much fun and I enjoy watching Jack as he hones his public speaking skills, a unique opportunity for a child his age.
Jack is really excited about this one guys! Eating wings to raise money! What more could the child ask for?
Join Jack at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday, May 25th from 6-8 pm and 10% of your bill will be donated to Jack’s Chattanoggins (benefiting the Children’s Hospital Foundation). When you arrive at Buffalo Wild Wings, be sure to ask for a donation coupon – these are required in order for your purchase to count towards our event.
We will also have laptops ready to help you register to be a shavee for our event! We are still in need of shavees/fundraisers for our shave event on JUNE 26th. Don’t want to shave? Don’t hesitate to refer those who you think may have what it takes to shed their hair to help make miracles happen for children with cancer.
Please share our event with friends and family, the more wings eaten, the better!
Remember, EVERY bit helps us to great things for these kids!
We have to give props to Julie Steele of Around and About Chattanooga; our radio interview with her last year has catapulted our efforts into a city-wide event this year at The Chattanooga Market. Listen to our interview to see what we are working on for our June 26, 2011 event!
Contact: Dawn Skowronnek 423-994-7680
12-Year-Old Challenges Community to Shave Heads for Pediatric Cancer Event set to take place June 26 at Chattanooga Market
Chattanooga, Tenn., − On June 26, 2011, the First Tennessee Pavilion in Chattanooga will be the site of a hair-raising event. Well, more like a hair-falling event. That’s when people will be lining up to shave their heads in support of pediatric cancer care. Thanks to the efforts of 12-year-old Jack Skowronnek, “Jack’s Chattanoggins” will be teaming up with the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Erlanger Hospital and its Pediatric Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to raise money – and awareness – for children’s cancer treatment through a head-shaving event at the Chattanooga Market. Jack and his Chattanoggins will be raising money as “shavees” by soliciting donations from friends and family. Anyone can register to participate, and all proceeds from the event will go to Children’s Hospital to help fund life-saving pediatric cancer treatment.
Inspired two years ago by the book “Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie”, Jack decided to shave his head to show kids with cancer that it’s okay to be bald. After some research by his mom, Dawn Skowronnek, Jack discovered that he could shave his head and raise money for the research and treatment of childhood cancer through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. That first year, Jack raised over $1,300. In 2010, Jack repeated his head-shaving event, and convinced some friends to jump on the bandwagon. The result was over $3,000 in donations, along with local businesses donating their time and efforts to help feed, entertain and shave heads.
This year, Jack has teamed up with the Children’s Hospital Foundation to make this event a city-wide affair. Thanks to Paul Smith and the Chattanooga Market, Jack will have a large venue for his Chattanoggins to shave their heads. The event will be organized and managed by Dawn Skowronnek and Children’s Hospital Foundation, and promoted via social media channels, grass-roots efforts, as well as radio ads with media partner, the Brewer Media Group. Jack is hopeful that he can convince local firefighters, police and perhaps some local Chattanooga celebrities to become shavees to help his cause.
Jack’s Chattanoggins is currently looking for opportunities to partner with restaurants throughout the city and suburbs for a series of recruiting events. Any business or organization that is interested in being part of this great event can contact Dawn Skowronnek at 423-994-7680. Individuals or groups that want to have their head shaved on June 26 can go to www.JackShaves.org and become a Chattanoggin by clicking on the “Register as a Shavee” link. You do not need to shave your head to support the event; online donations and volunteering the day of the event are equally important.
The event will begin at 11:00 AM on Sunday, June 26 at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Donations will also be accepted on the day of the event.
My name is Jack and I’m an ordinary sixth-grader. I like playing basketball and lacrosse, and enjoy time on my computer and texting friends. I also enjoy reading; from Harry Potter to Rocket Boysto Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But one book inspired me in ways I never thought any book could. Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick, is a story about a middle school boy whose younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia. The boy ends up shaving his head to make his younger brother feel better about losing his hair to chemotherapy. After reading this book, I wanted to show my support for kids with cancer by shaving my own head. I’ve done this two years in a row and have managed to raise over $5,000 to help fight childhood cancer. Now, I want to go bigger!
This year, my friends at the Children’s Hospital Foundation are helping me raise money for kids’ cancer treatment by hosting my head-shaving event. On Sunday, June 26th, 2011, at the Chattanooga Market (one of my favorite places), volunteers called “shavees” will shave their heads in support of kids who lose their hair during cancer treatment. These shavees will receive donations in their name from their friends and family, and, in then the donations, help fund life-saving pediatric cancer treatment. Believe it or not, people will give a lot of money to see you sacrifice your hair. Don’t worry, it grows back!
Some facts from my friends at Children’s Hospital
The Pediatric Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital is the only comprehensive oncology unit in the region with over 3,500 patient visits each year. This year alone, more than 50 Chattanooga area children will be diagnosed with cancer and over 95 percent of them will choose to stay Children’s Hospital to receive their treatment. Since the oncology doctors at Children’s Hospital follow the same cutting edge treatment protocols shared by other top children’s hospitals across the country, parents can be confident their children will receive the highest standard of care without having to leave their familiar social networks.
If you have been touched by a child with cancer, or, like me, have read about it, then you know they not only lose their hair but, sometimes, years from their childhood going through treatment. And, I hate to think of those kids that lose their lives altogether. But, together, we can support this important treatment and give children back their dreams.
To join me in the fun, or to learn more about Children’s Hospital Foundation, please visit www.jackschattanoggins.org or call Amanda Whitaker at Children’s Hospital at 423.778.8057. If you can’t participate as a shavee, then please think about volunteering, donating or just spreading the word. Thanks for your support. Together let’s help end kids’ cancer!
Just for fun, here are the bloopers from making the Welcome video for Jack’s Chattanoggins home page.