Former patient gives back to hospital staff at Miller Children’s & Women’s

COVID-19 has impacted the lives of health workers, so Jack provided Skonies as a way to prepay it for the frontline heroes, some of whom he has a personal connection to.

Jack Witherspoon, 21, a former Miller Children’s & Women’s patient, gives a Skonies sample to a Miller Children’s & Women’s care team.

Jack is a former patient of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute at Miller Children’s & Women’s, where he was treated for leukemia. Jack had less than a 50% survival rate, and his battle with leukemia lasted nearly 10 years. He relapsed three times between the ages of two and eleven.

“During my hospitalization at Miller Children’s & Women’s, I discovered my love for cooking,” says Jack. “Since I couldn’t hang out with my friends, I watched cooking channels and learned new recipes.” My renewed love for cooking and the wonderful doctors and nurses have helped me through those challenging years. “

Jack organized a booth in the hospital cafeteria so the staff going to get a snack or lunch could grab a free prepackaged Skonie and say hello. The staff congratulated him on how far he has come in his journey and shared their support for his dream and goal of ending childhood cancer.

Chef Jack Witherspoon proudly displays samples of Skonies before inviting Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s staff to try the sweet treat.

“Our healthcare teams and I are grateful to Jack and his tremendous support to our hospitals,” said Ike Mmeje, chief operating officer, Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s. “Jack’s continued efforts to end childhood cancer and support those who helped him beat his own cancer are admirable, especially during a global pandemic.”

Jack’s Skonies will from now on be for sale in the cafeteria of the hospitals. A portion of the proceeds will support the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute in its fight against childhood cancer and Jack’s dream.

Ike Mmeje (center), Chief Operating Officer, MemorialCare’s Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s, and Susan Herman (right), Chief Nursing Officer, Miller Children’s & Women’s, visit Jack’s table to thank him for his kindness and candor.

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