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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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Jack’s Chattanoggins raises thousands for childhood cancer research (Nooga.com)

Jordan Sonnenblick, Jade Pickering and Jack Skowronnek show some scalp at the Chattanooga Market. (Photo: Madison Baldwin)

 

Yesterday, the Chattanooga Market hosted the fourth annual Jack’s Chattanoggins head shaving event.
 
According to NewsChannel 9, over $125,000 has been raised in support of pediatric cancer research since the event’s inception. This year’s event will add $38,000 in donations (and still counting) to that total, with 151 people shaving their heads this year.
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15-year-old Jack Skowronnek gains national recognition for philanthropy (Nooga.com)

Published by Nooga.com – view original here.  (January 20, 2014)

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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What does it mean to be a shavee?

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.

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Essay – Jack’s Chattanoggins and St. Baldrick’s

By Luke Johnson (for 2012 Modern Woodmen Speech Contest)

My dad has crazy, wild, rock star hair! It’s curly, bushy, very dark brown (and gray). And his eyebrows are even bigger! So, two years ago when he told me he was going to shave his head I thought, what a mistake, BIG mistake! We went to the Sweet Gipsy Café and there was music and food and lots of smiling faces. It was a good time. My dad signed in and we sat outside and watched tons of people young and old getting their heads shaved. I was thinking to myself, what a cool thing everyone was doing, however, I was not brave enough to shave my own head. I came to find out that a 10 year old boy was behind this whole event. That was even more amazing! His name is Jack, and his story is really inspiring.

Jack Skowronnek read a book about a middle schooler whose brother had cancer and who shaved his head to help his brother feel better about losing his hair after chemotherapy. This book inspired Jack to shave his own head, but he did not stop there. His mom helped him realize that he could do more. After some research, Jack signed up to shave his head through St. Baldrick’s. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer driven organization that shaves heads to fund research for childhood cancer. So my dad got a shave, a shirt, and money was raised for a great cause. Of course my dad looked extremely goofy with no hair and those huge eyebrows! But he thought it was the least he could do.

I thought how cool that was that Jack was making a difference. Who would have thought a 10 year old boy could care enough to shave his own head let alone work hard to put on an event so others could get involved. I’m 10 years old and I know that I spend most of my time playing outside and doing my own hobbies, not helping others in this kind of BIG way.

The first event Jack participated in and organized raised around $1,300. The year my dad shaved his head, Jack raised around $3,000. Last year, Jack started his own organization called Jack’s Chattanoggins. He teamed up with The Pediatric Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital to continue to raise money for children diagnosed with cancer here in Chattanooga. The third year of his event Jack raised $17,000! And, this year his goal is to raise $30,000! What a huge difference this money will make! I think the idea of shaving your head is a brilliant way to raise money. I know many people wanted to give money to see my dad bald! Jack says that he plans on doing these events for the rest of his life. He inspires us all to help others. As Jack has said, you don’t have to know the person, you just have to have a heart and care. He hopes to one day have 1,000 people shave their heads at the event.

We shaved a head early!

For those of you who know us personally, you’ll know that we recently moved to Atlanta.  Although, we have moved, we still continue our work on Jack’s Chattanoggins for the city we still love so much.

My husband now works for Munich RE and their Philanthropy Committee invited us to their first Philanthropy Fair to share what we do with Jack’s Chattanoggins.  They also thought it would be a great idea to have an executive shave their head to promote the cause and volunteerism.  Well, we did that yesterday.  It was a HOOT!

As I write this, Mike Taht, our gracious volunteer has raised $3,380! AND, that’s not the best part.  The best part would be the company MATCH for that amount.  Yep, we’re a little giddy.

Here are two awesome videos from yesterday.

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.