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Chef Jack Witherspoon gives back to hospital staff at MemorialCare’s Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach

On Wednesday, April 28, 21-year-old Chef Jack Witherspoon, former Miller Children’s & Women’s patient donated hundreds of his Skonies to hardworking staff at MemorialCare’s Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. Skonies, created and perfected by Jack, are a cross between a cookie and a scone.

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

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% chance of survival and his battle with leukemia lasted nearly 10 years. He relapsed three times between 2- and 11-years-old.

“While being hospitalized at Miller Children’s & Women’s, I discovered my love for cooking,” says Jack. “Since I couldn’t hang out with my friends, I would watch cooking channels and learn new recipes.” My newfound love for cooking and the amazing doctors and nurses is what got me through those challenging years.”

Jack hosted a booth in the hospital cafeteria so staff who went to grab a snack or lunch were able to grab a free pre-packaged Skonie and give a brief hello. Staff congratulated him for how far he has come on his journey and shared support for his dream and goal to end childhood cancer.

“Our care teams and I are grateful for Jack and his outpouring of support for our hospitals,” says Ike Mmeje, chief operating officer, Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s. “Jack’s continuous efforts toward ending childhood cancer and supporting those who helped him beat his own cancer are admirable, especially during a global pandemic.”

Jack’s Skonies will be available for purchase in the hospitals’ cafeteria moving forward. A portion of the proceeds will support the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute in its fight against childhood cancer, and Jack’s dream.

This article was released by MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center.

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  1. Now I want a scone from Trader Joes. I need to go to their store for other stuff too, I just hate the 9 mile drive to get there. I wish there was one in Los Alamitos.

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