My name is Jack and I’m just an ordinary teenager. I love movies, xBox, and texting friends. I also enjoy reading; in the beginning it was Harry Potter to Rocket Boys to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But one book inspired me in ways I never thought any book could.
When I was 10 years old, I read the book Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick, 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 4 years in a row and have managed to raise over $95,000 to help children battling cancer.
We are proud to work with my friends at Children’s Hospital Foundation on our city-wide event called JACK’S CHATTANOGGINS. Every June, at the Chattanooga Market , volunteers called “shavees” have their heads shaved in support of kids who lose their hair during cancer treatment. These shavees received donations in their name from their friends and family, and 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. And in my experience, it always grows back!
To join me in the fun, please stay up to date via our Facebook page. Thanks for your support. Together let’s help end kids’ cancer!