The Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation (JAJF) was inspired by founder Jon Albert’s real life story. His wife Jill was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer, and they found that her Cancer wasn’t just affecting her, it was affecting the entire family. Being robbed of positive time with their mom and dad was a cruel side effect for their kids. Jill was afraid their kids would forget her and dreaded the fact that she was going to miss milestones in their lives. The Albert’s knew that for their kids, strong memories of special times would be their greatest inheritance. They discovered a tremendous need in the Cancer Community that was not being met – and from this inspiration the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation was born.
JAJF is for families who have a mother or father diagnosed with late-stage, limited-life expectancy Cancer. The foundation offers these patients and their loved ones a needed break that is often absent from treatment and everything that goes with it. Support from their generous donors has allowed JAJF to support the needs of this too-fast growing population. Unlike the Make a Wish foundation, JAJF addresses kids under 18 who have a parent with late stage cancer. It is not for kids with cancer. These kids are affected in every aspect of their lives. They also have to face the reality that the rest of their lives will never be the same. JAJF understands the stress that cancer can place on the family and provides a chance to spend quality time together in the face of these uncertainties.
Memories gained on these WOW Experiences® will remain with the children long after they’re grown. Most excursions are “warehoused” and ready to distribute. They are not made from scratch orders, which would not be effective where there is a time-sensitive situation.
Some of the packages include: VIP tours, privileged guest appearances, tickets to musical performances, sporting events and celebrity meet-and-greets. Also included are festivals, concerts, amusement parks, farms, helicopter rides, behind the scene tours, going to a live movie set or music recording studio, picnics, resort stays, the Grammys, and Oscars, American Idol, the X-Games, cruises, theme parks and even private tours of the White House.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, JAJF treats families all across the country. Patients are referred to JAJF by a coalition of 191 leading oncology hospitals and centers in 44 states across the United States. JAJF has developed a unique process and only accepts referrals from oncologists.
We all know Cancer does not discriminate, and late-stage cancer is an equal opportunity offender. JAJF is about living in the moment with your children. While JAJF provides memories to many who otherwise would never be able to afford such important experiences, the foundation touches lives across a broad socio-economic range. JAJF will continue to treat one family at a time. Sadly, with the high prevalence of cancer in our society, the search for moms and dads facing late-stage cancer is far too easy.
JAJF has now treated families from 44 states since Jon’s wife Jill died just before Thanksgiving 2006. The best way to share the profound impact they are having on thousands of families across the nation is to have you stop by the Appreciation Archives and Family Photo Gallery on their website and listen to some of the many voice messages these families have shared.
How can you help?
JAJF needs volunteers to serve as photographers, for fundraising, event planning, chaperoning, and tech help (website IT support).
Every donation gets them one step closer to sending one more family on a WOW Experience®. The foundation is only as big as its supporters. There are many ways to support JAJF, please visit their website to learn more about it.
JAJF has now treated families from 44 states since Jon’s wife Jill died just before Thanksgiving 2006. The best way to share the profound (tangible) impact they are having on thousands of families across the nation is to have you stop by the Appreciation Archives and Family Photo Gallery on their website and listen to some of the many voice messages these families have shared.