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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.

If you would like to donate to the fight against childhood cancer, click here.

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SKW December 9, 2008, 6:43 PM

I couldn’t believe how well-spoken, driven and talented this kid is. The way he speaks, you can tell this is really something he wants and not something his mom is pushing him to do. And that eggplant dish he made looked a lot more advanced than anything I’ve cooked. And what a wonderful mom she is, too. Some parents of sick children lock them up because they’re afraid they’re so fragile they’ll break. Good for her for helping his dream come true.

MARI December 9, 2008, 6:46 PM

At this time when all we hear is about the problems of the economy is refreshing to hear a story like yours Jack, you give prespective to our lives to value the important things in life. You are truly inspirational, primetime news and cable should have your story to remind us of the important things in life, you have what so many adults lack, hope and strengh, so May God bless you and give you good health to continue your dreams. Thank you.

Nate December 9, 2008, 8:03 PM

jack you are amazing. you are very skilled for you age and seem very mature. keep up the excellent work and get well soon!

Priya December 9, 2008, 8:09 PM

Poop is delicious! Jack your food is probably much better than my 62 year old mother. Best of luck! I’m sure one day you’ll have your own cooking show on food network!

Ann Lang December 9, 2008, 8:34 PM

Jack! You are fantastic and an inspiration! Both of my two children have had childhood cancer (one twice) and my daughter was 8 when she was diagnosed with Leukemia (NOW 17)is a survivor just like you. We too fight to raise money for pediatric cancer research so that no kids in the future have to go through what you have gone through. My late sons foundation is:
Check it out and remember that you and your moms positive attitude is contagious.
You’re an amazing young man and I will pray for you every night. God bless you and your family.

pam aries December 9, 2008, 8:39 PM

Jack’s gonna be a Big star on The food Network!! I know it! He already has what those Top Chefs only WISH for! Go Jack!

Dennis Smart December 9, 2008, 8:54 PM

I too have Leukemia. I was told that the type that I have would only give me 10 - 15 years. My 15th year will be up in a few weeks, and I feel great. They were wrong. God has things for me to do before He lets me join Him. I’m sure that He has things for you to do too. Good luck and may God watch over you.

Gloria in Fountain Inn, SC January 6, 2009, 3:09 AM

I watched you on Late Night with Jay Leno and you were great. I would love to have the recipe for your shepherd pie. How can I get it?
You are an inspiration for other children and adults too. I wish you the best and pray you stay in remission.
take care

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