Fundraise for your chance to win a private Andrew McMahon acoustic performance for you, plus 9 friends in your living room, plus other exclusive prizes.

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$239,052 / 200,000

The 200K Challenge

Welcome to our 2018 200k Challenge!

Over the last three years, you've raised the bar by stepping up to our annual fundraising challenges! With each milestone reached, you've allowed us to grow our programs bringing hope and guidance to more and more adolescent and young adult cancer warriors throughout the United States.

This year we're once again setting the bar high. With your help, our goal is to raise $200,000 by 11/11/2018. This year we are providing you with even more resources to help you, help us get there and hopefully beyond!

We realize the idea of fundraising may seem overwhelming to you. However, once you get started you’ll find that it’s pretty easy. All it takes is your voice, your heart, your ‘why’, and one dollar at a time. Collectively your actions will equate to dollars raised and result in making a difference in the lives of our adolescent and young adult warriors we serve through our programs and partnerships.

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What You'll Win

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Mid-Point Incentive Prize

The team who fundraises the most by the campaign mid-point of August 1, 2018 at 11:59pm MST, will earn:

  • Personal team video message from Andrew McMahon.
  • Dear Jack sticker for each team member (up to 10 people).
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Runner Up Prize

All teams who raise $5,000 or more will be entered in a Runner Up drawing. The Runner Up winner will receive:

  • Up to 10 tickets to an Andrew McMahon headlining show of your choice in 2019 (one ticket per team member).
  • Autographed 11/11/18 poster for up to 10 people (one per team member).
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Grand Prize

All teams who raise $5,000 or more will be entered in to the Grand Prize drawing. The Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • Private Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness living room acoustic performance for 10 people in 2019.
  • Andrew McMahon autographed merchandise package for up to 10 people.

The 200k Challenge fundraising deadline is 11/11/2018 at 11:59pm MST. Teams who raise $5,000 or more will be entered to win the Runner Up and Grand Prizes. Each additional $2,500 raised earns you one additional entry into the drawing. Grand Prize and Runner Up Prize is limited to 10 people only. The date of the Grand Prize fulfillment will be determined by Andrew McMahon's management. Runner up and Grand Prize winners will be announced on or before 12/1/2018 and notification will be communicated to designated team captains. Mid-point incentive prize will winner will be notified by 8/5/2018.

Fundraising Ideas

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Sports and Endurance

From marathons, Tough Mudders, and Ironmans, to walk-a-thons and fishing tournaments and neighborhood challenges, fundraising around sporting events like these are a great way to get involved in your community, stay active, and raise some serious cash towards your fundraiser.

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Creative Ideas

Not only do we encourage you to think outside the box when planning your fundraiser, we encourage you to metaphorically blow up the box and get wildly creative. Think about your unique skills, talents and interests and imagine how you can leverage those to make a truly one-of-a-kind fundraiser.

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Instead of getting gifts for their birthday, they ask loved ones to donate to their fundraiser instead. This way, people can still show the birthday boy or girl how much they care, but instead of giving them something they don’t actually need, they can give some money to your cause.

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Wedding Registries

People are always looking for ways to make their wedding unique, and one aspect that’s been traditionally overlooked is innovation around the wedding registry. And that's why charity wedding registries are so cool.

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Benefit Happy Hour

Happy hours bring together friends and community in a fun atmosphere. Take this positive vibe and turn it into a fundraiser. Host a benefit happy hour at your local pub. Ask management to donate drinks, provide giveaways or donate the cover toward your cause.

Fundraising Tips

The key to successful fundraising is to START EARLY!

  • Donate to your own project - set an example and make the first donation to your project. You should expect everyone to donate the same amount you're donating so if you want people to donate $50 don't donate $15 yourself.
  • Ask BIG – Don’t ask for just a $10 donation, ask for $50. You may get $50, or you may get less, but if you ask for only $10, that is probably all you will get!
  • Keep a good attitude. Be prepared that not everyone is going to donate. The more people you ask, the more donations you will get. If you don’t hear “no” a couple times a week, you are not asking enough people.
  • Don’t feel bad about asking people for money. Remember that you are not asking for money for yourself. It is going to a great cause. The more people you ask, the easier it becomes.
  • Set a goal to ask at least one new person for a donation every day. You have nothing to lose by asking.
  • Talk about it! Tell everyone you know/meet about what you are doing and what the money goes toward. The more you talk about it, the more interest you will generate.
  • Say Thank You and ask them to share your message with their community of influencers.
  • Don't forget to check if your company matches donations. Matching donations are a great way to increase the amount of funds raised toward your campaign. (hyperlink to the FAQ under matching donations)
  • Most importantly, have fun with it! If you think of fundraising as a chore, it will become one.

Every Dollar Counts


Helps us provide quality of life programs to adolescent and young adults cancer patients and survivors.


Brings us one step closer to fulfilling a patient’s Life List wish.


Helps us provide one day of Breathe Now programming for a young adult cancer survivor.


Brings us one step closer to funding a college scholarship for a patient/survivor.


Fully funds a one week outdoor adventure camp for an AYA survivor.


Fully sponsors one Life List patient.


Funds a one week Breathe Now couples yoga and mediation retreat for a survivor and their partner.

AYA Cancer Statistics

Physical, emotional, and financial hardships often persist for years after treatment, especially without the protocols or resources that specifically address the needs of the AYA cancer population.


News cases of Adolescents & Young Adult cancer each year


Adolescent & Young Adult Survivors in the U.S. today


Of adolescent and young adult survivors report an unmet need for psychosocial support post cancer.


Adolescent & Young Adult patients lose their life to cancer each year.