From Our Editors
For the supporters and oncologists involved with the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, "WOW" is not just a typical reaction to their efforts, but a symbol of the joy they bring to the families of parents with late-stage, limited-life-expectancy cancer. If you flip the word over, it of course spells "MOM"—and upending is something with which the organization’s client families are all too familiar. Each "WOW Experience" orchestrated by the foundation grants these families a fun-filled respite from cancer’s stronghold so they can enjoy a degree of normalcy while it’s still possible. For four days and three nights, families take an all-expenses-paid trip to destinations across the country, complete with airfare, accommodations, and meals. They might stay at an exotic resort in Hawaii or Arizona or a high-class hotel in New York City, attend concerts or sporting events, or visit a theme park—all to help children form lasting memories of their parents that they’ll cherish forever.
JAJF relies strictly on a referral process with its network of 209 oncologists across the country. To date, it’s matched WOW Experiences with more than 600 families in 44 states, thanks entirely to the 90% of donations that go directly to funding the experiences.