Jack agrees that cooking was essential to his own quality of life while he was receiving treatment. "Cooking was the hope in all of the darkness when I was going through my illness. When I couldn't go to school or hang out with my friends, I could still cook and enjoy food. It was really the silver lining in all of my cancer treatments," said Jack.
Jack travels with his Mom, Lisa Witherspoon, who is his biggest advocate and helped him bring his first cookbook, "Twist it Up" to fruition. "I'm so proud of Jack, and so grateful that he is here to inspire others of all ages through sharing his cancer journey and his cooking," she said.
Jack started his day-long visit on June 30 by touring the oncology unit at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, part of the University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Following the tour, he held a public cooking demonstration in the hospital's atrium, cooking a couple of his favorite comfort food recipes with a healthy twist. Afterwards, Jack met with several patients and their families and talked with them about his own battles with leukemia. "I've been in their shoes, and my message is that they can get through it. Not just get through it, but thrive and live their dreams too," said Jack.
Later that afternoon, Jack held a private cooking demonstration for families that are part of the hospital's Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein Kids Kicking Cancer program, targeted to young patients and survivors of cancer and blood disorders. The program encourages them to be active and recognize the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating. Program Director Michelle Rothstein is thankful to Sodexo for connecting Jack with the families. "We are proud to partner with Sodexo to provide this wonderful experience for our kids," she said.
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