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11-year-old gets to be chef for a day

3/16/2017

Special thanks to our friends at the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute for helping make a dream come true for a special 11-year-old boy! Jack Cauley, who has an inoperable brain tumor, loves to cook, so Arkansas Hospice arranged for him to be a chef for a day!

The folks at the culinary institute went all out to give Jack an unforgettable adventure! They presented him with an apron, a chef’s hat and coat, and a set of knives, and they took him on a tour of their entire facility. In the kitchen, Jack helped the chef and students prepare lunch – before being treated to a delicious seven-course meal! Jack loved tasting all the different flavors!

Being a chef for a day was definitely a special treat for Jack, and his mom, Brenda Hatton, said that her son is very serious about his passion for food.

“He is wonderful in his choices of nutrition, all the fruits, colorful veggies, lean meat, juicing, no sugar,” she said.

Jeana Jucha, an Arkansas Hospice bereavement specialist, helped organize the special occasion.

“I was so excited to hear about Jack’s passion for cooking and food,” Jeana said. “It was a wonderful day seeing Jack’s face light up and helping this sweet family make memories!”

While Jack’s culinary experience was an unforgettable one, each day is an opportunity for him to find happiness – despite his condition. Brenda said that Jack always wakes up happy and has had “a great sense of humor throughout his journey of this horrible tumor.” In addition to cooking, Jack’s mom said he also likes working out, food videos and Animal Planet. Plus, he loves his pig and dreams of becoming a farmer!

“He is my inspiration and strength,” Brenda said. “He makes every day beautiful! I hope and pray to help him with the same!”

Many thanks to the UA – Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute and to our pediatric team for going above and beyond to give Jack and his family an extraordinary day!

We also appreciate our friends at KATV Channel 7 and KARK 4 News for sharing Jack’s story! If you missed their coverage of Jack’s culinary experience, please visit these links:

Finally, thanks to Jack and his family for letting us be part of their lives – and for helping us show our community that living life to the fullest is what our Arkansas Hospice mission is all about!

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