Jon and Jill Albert quickly realized they were fighting an uphill battle after they learned that Jillís breast cancer was metastatic.
This young couple, parents of two, found that the cancer was not just attacking Jillís body but also their family. The Albert family decided that the best way to fight back was by spending quality time together as a family and by making memories that would last a lifetime. The Alberts' inspiring story led to the creation of the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation.
The Jack & Jill Foundation, which insists that memories are our greatest inheritance, creates "WOW! Experiences" for children facing the imminent loss of their mother or father due to cancer. The WOW! Experience focuses on treating the families, not the cancer, by providing an opportunity to create cherished memories together.
WOW! Experiences are a shared family experience such as vacations, VIP tours, tickets to sporting events or concerts, and celebrity meet-and-greets. The Jack & Jill Foundation has sent families to awards shows like the Grammys, private tours of the White House, and events such as the NBA draft. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences have been met with rave reviews and led to The Today Show
and CBS Sunday Morning
featuring The Jack & Jill Foundation on their programming.
Thanks to the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, the Lawman Family of Iowa was able to spend seven days in Orlando as a family. Mrs. Lawman, diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma, spent time at Universal Studios and Sea World with her husband and two children. Another J&J Family, the Dannenfelds, had the opportunity to visit Nassau, Bahamas, with their two young children. If warm weather isnít of interest, the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation has also sent families to places like New York City and Vail, Colo.
Interested in referring a family to this program? To be eligible for a WOW! Experience all referral candidates must:
- Be referred directly from the treating oncologist
- Have late stage limited life expectancy cancer
- Have at least one child between the ages of 3 and 18 (only one child must meet the minimum age requirement)
- Have a life expectancy of more than two months
- Have not participated in any adult dream, wish, or any other similar program
The Jack & Jill Foundation acknowledges that cancer is an equal opportunity offender, thus there are no income requirements for recipients. Referral forms
can be downloaded online and easily completed by the family and medical team.
Have you worked with families that have participated in the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation or similar wish/dream program?