Simple. It best conveys the joy, innocence and simplicity of life that all kids should experience. It conjures up an immediate image of a certain harmony, youth, good feeling – a vision of childhood and experiencing happy memories. Moreover, it speaks to shared new discoveries and experiences – even adventures. Additionally, there is symmetry with the Founder Jon and his wife Jill and their two children Jake and Jamie – the meaningful and unfortunate inspiration behind the organization – this purpose.
JAJF has become a base for families with a mother or father diagnosed with late-stage, limited-life expectancy cancer. A foundation offers these patients and their loved ones the needed sincerity that is often absent from commercial enterprises. As a national 501(c)(3) public charity, JAJF operates with a loving purpose, resources and stability. Support from our generous donors has allowed JAJF to support the needs of this fast-growing population by providing families a timeout from their cancer.
The Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation addresses kids under 18 who have a mom or dad with late-stage, limited-life expectancy cancer. While the children do not have cancer physically, their worlds have been turned upside down by their parent’s disease. When mom or dad is diagnosed with late stage cancer, children are faced with the reality that the rest of their lives will never be quite the same. Parents find worry about their children’s future. Jack & Jill understands the stress that cancer can place upon the family structure and provides families a chance to spend quality time together in the face of these hardships and uncertainties.
The family unit is at the heart of the Foundation: "Treating the families, not the cancer."
Research confirms that each year, more than one million Americans find themselves directly affected when a mom or dad is diagnosed with late-stage cancer. By definition, this is a poor prognosis with limited life expectancy. “Never again” begins when a mom or dad dies. When “never again” begins, memories become our greatest inheritance. The Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation provides memory opportunities and experiences for these families, enabling them to step back from their cancer diagnosis and enjoy a few precious moments together.
The Chairman of the Board for Make-A-Wish has supported and confirmed that the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation is distinct from other organizations and truly fills a void. Make-A-Wish’s mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
A first-rate team of business professionals works with JAJF. Our diverse Board includes those with non-profit, executive and medical expertise. Additionally, our Medical Board of Advisors includes several nationally acclaimed leaders in the oncology field, who are dedicated to making a difference for cancer patients worldwide. JAJF’s Board of Directors and Advisors believe JAJF is an organization filling a void and meeting a need with lasting, measurable results.
WOW! Experiences® are shared family experiences such as much-needed vacations, VIP tours, privileged guest appearances, tickets to musical performances and sporting events, and celebrity meet-and-greets.
Memories become an annuity – the legacy, a measurable return on investment. JAJF wants you to experience the realized gains from every WOW! Experience and will continue to document and offer donors a chance to measure the very real results they have created. You will gain an appreciation of the true importance and value of this Foundation from:
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 accept referrals from oncologists. Based on the criteria established by JAJF’s medical advisors, late stage cancer patients with limited life expectancy are approached by their own medical team to become a recipient of our WOW! Program. Oncologists give “permission” to the families to live and prescribe JAJF as part of the treatment protocol and process.
The Oncology coalition referral method ensures only qualified candidates/families are served by the foundation. The process allows JAJF to be responsible and consistent when selecting families and providing WOW Experiences®.
Cancer does not discriminate. Late-stage cancer is an equal opportunity offender. The Jack & Jill Late-Stage Cancer Foundation treats all families facing this dreadful disease. 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. A large number of patients find it difficult to take time and escape the chaos of cancer. With never ending medical bills, many patients do not have the access or financial means to participate in the activities JAJF provides through Wow Experiences.
JAJF will continue to treat one family at a time. JAJF has received national recognition for its lean and efficient business model and resolute work ethic. It will grow as it continues to accumulate WOW! Experiences across the country. Sadly, with the high prevalence of cancer in our society, the search for moms and dads facing late-stage cancer is far too easy. The fundamental mission of the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation is to provide warm memories that will help ease the inevitable pain of loved ones lost.
JAJF welcomes volunteers who are dedicated to our mission and hopes to provide them with a rewarding and enriching experience as they fulfill essential roles within the organization. JAJF needs volunteers to assist with: