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.
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.