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8-Year-Old Chef Cooks for Cancer

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Check out the video of this amazing kid.

Jack Witherspoon has been battling leukemia for the past six years. During his treatment, Jack developed an interest in cooking. Soon to be a cancer survivor, Jack now cooks to find a cure for childhood leukemia.

We attended Jack's fundraiser "Cooking Up Dreams," (which brought in $36,000 last year) where he starred as guest chef for the evening. Watch Jack as prepares a meal for over 200 people and discusses why cooking for cancer is so important to him.

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Susannah Locketti December 5, 2008, 8:29 PM

Jack and mom…you both are such an inspiration! Way to go…keep the faith and keep cookin’ Jack! Your eggplant parm looks amazing! ;)

Theresa Vintage December 9, 2008, 2:14 PM

i thought it said john witherspoon LOL…BANG BANG BANG

Beth December 9, 2008, 2:15 PM

HI Jack, I can’t believe it, you talk and look like a MUCH better cook then I’ll ever be and I’m 55 years young! Best of luck to you and please let all of us know when you publish your 1st cook book, Beth

Aimee Jones December 9, 2008, 2:21 PM

Congratulations Jack! You are on your way to being the next Bobby Flav, but with your own story to tell. Keep inspiring those kids out there to eat healthy. May all greatness be yours! Merry Christmas!

Juneve Kimble December 9, 2008, 2:24 PM

Awesome testimony. You are an impressive young man, what a blessing you are. God is our healer and provider, He is faithful, so you can put your trust in Him! By the way, what was the last pan item you dipped the eggplants in?

Shannon December 9, 2008, 2:25 PM

What an amazing child. I know I, as an adult who is almost 40, take alot away from this story. He should serve as an inspiration to people, of all ages, and we should count our blessings. Too often we complain about the most trivial things when we should be thankful for the opportunity to experience life.

Janie December 9, 2008, 3:14 PM

Jack, you and your mom are amazing! No doubt you’ll do well in life, making mom proud all the way! From one cook to another: “Flare it up!!” All the Best!

Kristina December 9, 2008, 3:26 PM

Jack, you are such a cutie, and so smart. I think you are an inspiration to all the kids out there with cancer. Keep on doing what you love!

Dana K. Schwartz December 9, 2008, 4:05 PM

You are adorable and articulate. I’m heading out to Barnes & Noble right now and hope they have many copies of your book. You’ve helped solve my Christmas present shopping. Keep fighting the good fight and I look forward to seeing you on Food Network in the future.

Continued well wishes and a joyful holiday season from a 20 year cancer survivor.

Ron December 9, 2008, 4:23 PM

The vid wouldn’t load for me so I couldn’t watch it. :-( As a so far 2 year bladder cancer survivor I find stories like this to be very uplifting.Good for you little dude & I hope you live to be an old dude & become a world famous chef!! :-D

Joe B. December 9, 2008, 4:38 PM

Jack, an 8 year old son of my good friend was diagnosed with cancer (Ewings Sarcoma) 6 months ago. I have visited him in the hospital during all of his chemo treatments and also his surgery and have learned so much about life in those 6 short months then I have in the 40 years I’ve lived. He and all the children who are dealing or have dealt with this ugly disease are truly an inspiration!!! Reading your story is just awesome and I will definitely share it with him… thank you for sharing it with us. Good luck with your future endeavors and I will be watching for you on the Food Network. You and your family are in my prayers.

danny December 9, 2008, 4:39 PM

thats a totally inspiring piece , jack you must be a very old soul, get well soon

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Tanya December 9, 2008, 5:02 PM

What an excellent story! Very motivational and extremely inspirational. I love Jack’s attitude and I’m rooting for him to beat leukemia and become a world-famous chef just like his idol, Bobby Flay. GO JACK! may God continue to bless you and your family.

Lisa December 9, 2008, 5:12 PM

What an incredible story…wish we saw more of these inspirational messages. Jack, you’re awesome! Get well soon - my thoughts and prayers are with you.

typondis December 9, 2008, 5:18 PM

Smart kid. He’s obviously a natural.

GRACE December 9, 2008, 5:28 PM

Do you know that cancer doctors inject patients with sugar water (glucose) to locate tumors? That’s because cancer is a fungus (yeast) that feeds on sugar (and grains, which metabolize just like sugar.) Do you know that drug researchers inject mice with fungal poisons to cause them to develop diabetes? Read the article “Is Cancer Contagious” at Also see the book “The Germ that Causes Cancer” at, and the book “Cancer is a Fungus” by Dr. T. Simoncini.
The closest thing to a cure for leukemia is a sugar and grain-free diet, acidophilus and natural anti-fungals such as garlic, oregano, turmeric, malic acid, caprylic acid, cider vinegar, and olive leaf extract. (all available in tablets or capsules.) or are good sources.
This is also what cured my obesity, arthritis, allergies and pre-diabetes.

sandra December 9, 2008, 6:07 PM

this 8-year-old Jack sounds amazing for cooking for cancerous people. If he had a show I would watch it!

Nicky December 9, 2008, 6:08 PM

Bless his sweet little heart! What a precious soul. I wish I could try that DELICIOUS looking food. Keep on cookin’!!

Janine  December 9, 2008, 6:29 PM

Jack you are an amazing insperation to all the other children out there fighting leukemia. Hats off to you and your Mom for all you are doing to help others.
May all of your check ups in the years to come be cancer free, Prayers and thoughts for the next Top Chef we’ll see you in the years to come healthy and famous.

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