The Issue: Psychological Effects of Cancer on Families
In 2013, nearly 600,000 Americans are expected to die from cancer, according to data from the American Cancer Society, many of whom will leave behind grieving children. When young parents suffer from life-threatening illnesses, it can put an indescribable strain on the entire family. Financial resources and stress levels both take a serious hit as the family fights the disease together. Traumatic periods such as these make it even more important for families to share fun experiences that create lasting memories for young children who will lose a parent. Taking a family trip together can even improve patients’ quality of life by reducing stress and emotional suffering.<p>
The Campaign: Providing Getaways for Families with Cancer
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation to provide memorable experiences for families with a parent suffering from terminal cancer. Every $1,500 raised will provide a WOW! Experience – a four-day getaway – for one family. These experiences include transportation, plane tickets, hotel stays, activities, and meals. Families can travel to a variety of locales including the Caribbean, Colorado, and San Francisco, to help families bond and provide a temporary sense of normalcy.
Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation
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.