Jack Skowronnek before and after one side of his head was shaved. This is the third year he has shaved his head to support kids with cancer, and he says he never plans to stop. Contributed photo.

More than 60 men and women showed up at the Chattanooga Market last Sunday to shave their heads in support of pediatric cancer patients.

Jack's Chattanoggins, started by 12-year-old Jack Skowronnek, was sponsored by the Children's Hospital Foundation and raised over $17,000 for the foundation. All of the proceeds will go to support children with cancer and help pay for their treatments. 

"Having this be the first year we were doing this as a city-wide event, I really had no idea what to expect," said Dawn Skowronnek, Jack's mother. "I just remember when we started shaving- it was packed. It was standing room only, it was really incredible." 

Dawn said that after the event began, more than 30 walk-ups came because they had decided to donate and shave their head for the cause. 

"Next year in my mind I'm going to call it a mega-shave," Skowronnek said. "I want at least 100 people."

As for Jack, he still plans to shave his head every year. 

"I wanted people my age undergoing chemotherapy to realize that a shaved head isn't a sign of weakness- it's a sign of a fight," Jack said. "It shows that people are alive and they are fighting."

Jack began shaving his head three years ago to support kids with pediatric cancer after reading a book called "Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie."

This was his first year planning Jack's Chattanoggins with his mother. He and his family had previously partnered with St. Baldricks to raise money for children with cancer.

Two brave "shavees" pose after getting their heads shaved. Contributed photo.